Welcome to LibertarianChristians.com – your source for learning about the philosophy of liberty, which is called libertarianism, within the context of the Christian faith.
In this blog, you will find:
- A repository of articles about the intersections of liberty and faith, focusing on theology, philosophy, government, economics, and history.
- Reviews of new and old books on a variety of topics relating to Christianity and politics.
- News items pertaining to current events, analyzed from the perspective of a libertarian Christian.
- Podcasts that inform and entertain, such as the immensely popular Christianity and War Audiobook Series.
From Curiosity to Passion
Hello, friend, my name is Norman Horn and I am the founder and chief editor of LibertarianChristians.com. I began this blog in 2008 with the hope of spreading ideas about liberty and showing how these ideas coincide with Christianity.
In 2004, I read a series of articles about something called the Austrian School of Economics, a group of economists that reject the necessity of the State to guide the economy into prosperity. Little did I know how this curious discovery would change my life.
Reading these articles prompted further research, and I began to learn about libertarianism, the political philosophy that undergirds many of these ideas. Over time, I came to realize that the ideas libertarianism and the Austrian School espouses are overwhelmingly compatible with my Christian faith.
Now, promoting individual liberty and individual responsibility through libertarianism is more than a hobby – it is a passion that excites me daily. I hope I can communicate this passion and the power of ideas to you through LibertarianChristians.com.
It may be that you have never heard of libertarianism before – that’s ok! I would encourage you to read my story of how I got involved in the study of liberty and faith. If you have never heard of libertarianism before now, it is a very simple philosophy based on the non-aggression principle, which states that the initiation of physical force and the threat thereof is inherently illegitimate. In other words, everyone has the right to engage freely in whatever activity they choose so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others. For those familiar with libertarianism already, you might be asking can a Christian also be a libertarian? At LCC, we boldly answer YES! Christian libertarians believe that libertarianism is the only political philosophy that is truly consistent, that makes any rational or moral sense at all, and that agrees with what we understand in the Bible and Christian history. Read more about what it means to be a Christian libertarian by clicking here.
Many Christians have some unfortunate misunderstandings about libertarianism, especially confusing the word libertarian with libertine. Make no mistake, there is a world of difference between these two words! Economist and philosopher Murray Rothbard wrote an excellent article in 1979 that explains some of these misunderstandings, answering such objections as:
- Libertarians are libertines: they are hedonists who hanker after “alternative lifestyles.”
- Libertarianism is atheistic and materialist, and neglects the spiritual side of life.
From a theological perspective, Christians often object to libertarianism on the basis of Romans 13 or Matthew 22 — that we should “submit to the powers that be” and “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Well, I have written exegeses on each of these passages that show how these Scriptures do not simply mean that we must do whatever the government tells us to do. It has been widely circulated on the internet over the past few years, and I hope you will take some time to read the full article, which is divided into two parts: Matthew 4 and 22, and Romans 13.
It’s not just me!
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A Benediction and Blessing
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” ~Ephesians 3:20-21
May God bless this work and use it for the furtherance of His kingdom, and may God bless you, dear reader, as you learn and seek to know Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.