This post was featured on on December 15, 2008, thanks to Tom Woods!

Looking for that perfect last-minute gift for that special Christian Libertarian in your life? Here are some helpful books they might enjoy. Some of these I have talked about before (but I don’t mind mentioning them again), some I hope you’ll consider purchasing as a gift or for your personal library. By the way, you have three days two days, oh, about 4 hours left to order from Amazon and have the free super-saver shipping get your stuff to you on time. :-)

  1. The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul – An absolutely essential book for all Americans, so give it to ANYBODY who you think will listen.
  2. A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship by Ron Paul – Perfect for the foreign policy buff.
  3. Christian Theology of Public Policy by John Cobin – This book contains the best treatment of Romans 13 that you will find in contemporary theology. You MUST get this book if you are interested in Biblical interpretation.
  4. Bible and Government by John Cobin – Another great book by John, and less expensive than the previously mentioned book.
  5. Turn Neither to the Right Nor to the Left (Christian Life and Public Policy Series) by D. Eric Schansberg – This book has been on my radar for a while and I hope to add it to my bookshelf soon.
  6. The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Studies in Ethics and Economics) by Thomas Woods – Tom has made a HUGE contribution to the Catholic tradition in this work, and I highly recommend it to ANY Protestant Christian as well. Remember, we’re all in this together! :-)
  7. The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church by Gregory Boyd – I’ve recently begun reading this book and I’ve been quite impressed by Boyd’s command of history. I think it’s definitely worth having around.
  8. The Road to Serfdom — The Definitive Edition by F.A. Hayek – How can you live without a copy of one of the most important books of our time? This printing is just beautiful as well…
  9. Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert Paper – Dying to Win is a book recommended by Ron Paul in the Revolution book at the end, and I just picked it up recently. Obviously, it’s about suicide terrorism and why they do it.
  10. We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now by Thomas Woods and Murray Polner – This is a collection of antiwar writings from all across the timeline of American history. It includes multiple selections by Christian preachers and theologians, such as Alexander Campbell and David Lipscomb.

Thanks to the commenters, we have some suggestions for some other books as well:

Noyb: Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince by Samuel Rutherford and The Two Sons of Oil

Scott Ritsema: The Way, the Truth, and the Sword by Scott Ritsema (neat!)

Chris Baker: The God of the Machine by Isabel Patterson

KTHX3819: Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State by Laurence Vance (of course!)

jdavidb: Democracy: The God that Failed by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

And for ncloud’s sake: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Once again, have a merry Christmas!

Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded and the Libertarian Christian Institute, and currently serves as its President and Editor-in-Chief. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He currently is a Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • I would like to recommend one. :-)

    “The Law” ~ by: Frederic Bastiat
    Read it free online here:


    When a reviewer wishes to give special recognition to a book, he
    predicts that it will still be read “a hundred years from now.” The Law,
    first published as a pamphlet in June, 1850, is already more than a
    hundred years old. And because its truths are eternal, it will still be
    read when another century has passed.

    Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist, statesman, and
    author. He did most of his writing during the years just before – and
    immediately following — the Revolution of February 1848. This was the
    period when France was rapidly turning to complete socialism. As a
    Deputy to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Bastiat was studying and
    explaining each socialist fallacy as it appeared. And he explained how
    socialism must inevitably degenerate into communism. But most of his
    countrymen chose to ignore his logic.

    The Law is here presented again because the same situation exists in
    America today as in the France of 1848. The same socialist-communist
    ideas and plans that were then adopted in France are now sweeping
    America. The explanations and arguments then advanced against socialism
    by Mr. Bastiat are — word for word — equally valid today. His ideas
    deserve a serious hearing.”

  • Mediaeval Guitar

    Anything by Gary North is excellent. Taken together, his works are quite comprehensive in the topics they address. His perspective is also more upbeat and triumphalistic than Cobin’s Bible and Government, which I found rather despairing and defeatist.

    For general philosophical background, I would recommend the works of Eugen Rosentstock-Huessy and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Though not necessarily libertarian, their views generally promote liberty and progress from a scholarly or educated Christian viewpoint.

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  • Jbedsaul

    Number three on the list can be found much cheaper here ($9.95 for a PDF or $35 for hardcover): 

  • Oooh thanks for that tip!

  • David

    I’m interested in Vance’s book “Rethinking the Good War”. I’m pretty much always against any kind of aggressive war, but we were actually attacked at Pearl Harbor (And actually attacked by Japan, which is very different than being attacked by a bunch of criminals who happened to be Middle Eastern) so I’m curious how he defends the idea that we shouldn’t have gotten involved. Not that I would have rushed it, but as far as I see it, Pearl Harbor left us with relatively few options. I, of course, oppose the draft, even for a justifiable war, and I oppose the bombing of Japan after they had already surrendered.
    As for Gary North, I know he’s a free market capitalist, but I’ve heard he was a theonomist as well. Wouldn’t strict application of OT law rule someone out from being a libertarian? Or am I misunderstanding what theonomy is. Death penalties for homosexuality and adultery don’t sound very libertarian to me. Biblical law was also a bit more directly demanded charity than libertarians (including myself) would demand in the present day. I don’t remember if those provisions actually had a legal punishment for violation or just divine judgment, however I do know that there were several death penalties that shouldn’t even be crimes at all either by libertarian, or, in my view, New Testament standards.

  • RikStorey

    It seems clear that Paul lays out the purpose for which governments are ordained of God in Romans 13, i.e. courts and national defence, and in no way declares that nations must strive to be as much like OT Israel as possible.

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  • No church advances the Kingdom of God by force. What did Jesus tell Pilate? If that were the case “then my servants would fight”. But they didn’t.

  • You should read what Laurence Vance says about it, he probably has the best answer to that, at least some good ones.

    However, the Japanese attacked because the US attacked first with an oil blockades. A blockade is where the aggressor interferes with trade, stops ships bringing oil and sends them elsewhere. What would America do in such a case? What has it DONE in such a case?

    Jefferson: Trade with all nations, entanglements with none.