The Christians for Liberty 2014 Conference has come and gone, but now we get to post the videos from the conference for everyone to see. Now, enjoy my presentation on The Biblical Foundations of Christian Libertarianism, where I give my thoughts on the foundational texts and theological reasoning that informs this understanding of Christianity and liberty.

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Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded LibertarianChristians.com 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.
  • Kevin Regal

    Thank you. Your talk was very good. I wish you could have finished discussing the chart you developed.

  • Thanks, Kevin! I wish I would have had time to discuss that slide in more detail as well.

  • Gregory Baus

    Norman, I’m interested in what you mentioned about “hunter” (ala Nimrod) as a word for “rebel.” The closest thing I could find was “lying in wait” and to “take” provision. See note under Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon here:
    https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=H6679&t=KJV
    What did you have in mind?

  • Gregory Baus

    Norman, can you post that chart/slide (or is it online already somewhere)?

  • You know, I think I may just write a blog post about it since there is substantial interest about that particular slide. :)

  • Greg, sorry about not getting to your comment on the site in a timely manner. Lots of stuff going on!

    There is a significant recorded rabbinical tradition, going back even to the 1st century AD, of interpreting Nimrod as a tyrant in Gen 10:9-10. Sometimes you see them directly connecting the name “Nimrod” with the Hebrew word for rebel. Sometimes the phrase we often read as “before the Lord” is read “in the face of the Lord” or “in opposition to the Lord”. Others connect “hunter” to “rebel”, still others discuss the “hunting” as “hunting OF MEN.” Also, the “was the first” phrase in Gen. 10:8 is connected to the same verbiage of “violate/violence”, “tyranny” and even “profane” at times. In other words, it’s a really odd passage that carries with it a lot of meaning. Oh, and often this is placed in the
    context of a Nimrod-Abraham dichotomy. That is, Nimrod is the unfaithful evil one, Abraham is the faithful, Godly one.

    An example of a source that goes with the hunter/rebel reference is
    Josephus, incidentally. Rabbi Daniel Lapin in his series on the Tower of Babel talks about the “hunting of men” element in opposition to God.

  • Gregory Baus

    good idea!

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  • Slim934

    Could you post the slides for this talk? I realize it was a few years ago but it’s a very interesting topic.

  • David

    Nice speech.

  • David

    It’s nice to see people defending Christian libertarianism.