Nov
21

War, Peace, and Liberty

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My good friend Jacob Huebert, author of Libertarianism Today and fellow writer at The Libertarian Standard, gave a superb talk this past weekend on libertarianism and war at the fourth annual Students for Liberty Austin Conference. (I had the pleasure of hosting him over the weekend.) In short, Jacob argues that a consistent position against all aggression implies that one must also oppose wars of all kinds. This is incredibly important for Christians, because we frequently have to deal with those in the church at large who still believe that wars, especially American-instigated wars, are justified whenever the State says so.

Perhaps my favorite talk at the conference this weekend was “Why Libertarianism is the Only Moral Choice” by Lawrence Reed of the Foundation for Economic Education. In his presentation, Reed tells the story of great men and women who devoted their lives toward the promotion of liberty in the world, including great Christians like Thomas Carlson, William Wilberforce, and Fannie Crosby. It is eloquent and inspiring, and I hope you will take some time to listen intently.

Norman Horn

Norman is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com. 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.

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  • http://intellectualmusing.com/ David D.

    Norm – what do you believe is the appropriate libertarian stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict? And can our libertarian view be consistent with the Bible, which I have been taught tells us to side with Israel? Obviously this has been in the news a lot, and something that I’m trying to think through more deeply now.

  • http://libertarianchristians.com Norman Horn

    First, there is no biblical reason to support the state of Israel.
    (1) Nowhere in the OT/NT are the “end times” supposed to be brought about with a renewed Israeli state. Such interpretations are inventions and hogwash.

    (2) Even if point 1 *were* the case, it does not follow that Christians ought to support immoral actions so that good will result. So, foreign aid and aggression on the part of the United States in support of Israel should be opposed nonetheless.

    We ought to oppose aggression, the initiation of violence, however it may occur. Thus, we can vocally oppose Palestinian aggression and vocally support Palestinian self-defense. Likewise, we can vocally oppose Israeli aggression and vocally support their self-defense. But interventionism is not an option.

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