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Today, I am very proud to announce our Christians for Liberty small groups program!
Being a Christian libertarian can be really hard sometimes. Rarely will you find a church with lots of people that share those particular views, and online interactions can only go so far for good fellowship. So, LibertarianChristians.com is rolling out a small group program to help connect Christian libertarians all across the USA, and we want you to get involved. We know there are numerous Christian libertarians out there, but we just don’t know where we all are. Our goal is to help connect you with other Christian libertarians in your area so that you can build up yourselves and the community around you with liberty ideas from a Christian perspective.
We have pilot-tested a small group in Austin, Texas for a few months now, and I can tell you truly that it has been a fantastic experience for all involved. It really is surprising what can happen when you bring fellow Christians, many of whom have very different backgrounds, together to talk about our commonality in Christ and our love of liberty.
Look below for our current list of small groups, and join via their social media links. The leaders communicate their events through these channels, so don’t delay and sign up today!
We also have groups in Pennsylvania, and San Antonio, TX that are almost ready to roll as well. You’ll hear more about them in the near future.
No group in your area? Then let us help you start your own! Contact us here, note that you want to start a small group, and we will get in touch with you shortly.
Finally, the permanent page for the small groups program can be found here, and it will always contain the most up-to-date info about what groups are available.
I am happy to announce that LibertarianChristians.com will be hosting a breakout session at the International Students for Liberty Conference next weekend. Come meet me, Jason Rink, Doug Stuart, and Chris Wolske as we talk about the challenges Christian libertarians face and propose bold ideas for the future of liberty and the Christian church.
Our session begins on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (Washington 6 room), and is entitled Christian Libertarian Solutions to Common 21st Century Problems. From the program booklet description:
Christian libertarians face the dual challenge of being Christian in a largely secular libertarian world and of explaining libertarian perspectives in Christian communities. Yet Christian and libertarian beliefs are indeed complimentary and offer solutions to today’s problems. Come learn how to explain this synergy and grow our community.
Besides addressing these “big picture” ideas, we will also be introducing our upcoming program to connect Christian libertarians together through small group meetups. We hope that all Christian students attending will come visit us and learn more about what it means to be a Christian libertarian in the modern world.
This is just the first of many behind the scenes things happening at LCC, so stay tuned as we update you on all the great stuff we have in store for you in 2015!
One of the most historically popular (and interesting, in my opinion) articles on LCC has been my New Testament Theology of the State (in two parts, see part 2 here). The two-part article addresses some difficult passages from the gospels as well as Romans 13, and they tend to get significant attention since the interpretation presented is rather different from the mainstream and yet help the passages make better sense within the grander biblical context.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from the very active Instituto Ludwig von Mises Brazil asking if I would like to see these articles translated into Portuguese. I responded with an emphatic “Yes!” and they are now publicly available. So, if you have some Portuguese-speaking friends or relatives, perhaps they will find these to be interesting reads…
From what I have heard from my Brazilian contacts, the articles are already sparking some significant conversation on their website and social media pages – with over 2000 likes and well over 4000 page views in barely 2 days! If anything, this shows that people all across the world are eager for Christian libertarian ideas.
LCC author Doug Douma is now an admin on the Gordon H. Clark Foundation website. Dr. Clark (1902-1985) was a prominent Calvinist philosopher as well as a supporter of libertarian political theory. Doug’s goals for the site include transcribing and posting unpublished articles from Dr. Clark’s personal papers. Although Dr. Clark wrote primarily in the area of epistemology (the philosophy of knowledge) he also wrote on topics of political science.
Of likely interest to LCC readers is the most recently posted unpublished article of Dr. Clark’s entitled Perspective on Natural Law.
Speaking of the advantage of a Christian basis for natural rights, Dr. Clark writes: “The idea of natural rights is not the kind of concept which has legs of its own to stand on; as a deduction from religious premises it makes sense, otherwise not.” Whether or not one agrees with Clark’s conclusion, one must agree that it is challenging and interesting to consider. Dr. Clark continues:
“The Natural Law concept is more than a tool for lawyers. It is an indispensable concept for the proponent of liberty and limited government and, as liberty comes to seem more precious and popular disillusionment with political panaceas become more acute, we may expect to see increasing reliance on the Natural Law philosophy as an indispensable means for achieving a sounder society, one more in harmony with the eternal verities and the accumulated wisdom of the race.”
Doug is also currently engaged in researching and writing Dr. Clark’s biography. Doug also recently spoke about Gordon Clark at the first annual Christians For Liberty Conference, and we will be posting his talk here as soon as it is available. We can all be very proud of Doug’s fervor for original research in theology and liberty, and LCC will continue to provide updates regarding his progress periodically.
It’s time to take another new step toward building the Christian libertarian movement. Right now, we know that there are untold numbers of Christians in the world interested in libertarian ideas. However, we have very few structures and opportunities available to us (outside of social networking) that help us to band together and spread our ideas to our Christian neighbors. Therefore, we have taken new measures to create these structures and opportunities.
With the success of the 2014 Christians For Liberty Conference we are now looking to turn this event into an organization to provide support to libertarian Christians around the world.
To do this we need to build a team of volunteers to take up responsibility for the success of this initiative.
CFL Volunteer leaders will work closely with me (LCC/CFL founder Norman Horn) and will be responsible for hosting future conferences, maintaining the website, producing content, distributing materials, and most importantly outreach and recruiting new members for the Christians For Liberty community.
Thus, our first goal for these new leaders is to start small groups in our local communities with the intent of hosting regular meetings for Christian libertarians to learn and grow together. These groups in turn will work toward influencing other Christians in their area, teaching them about the virtues of liberty.
Ideal candidates will have strong backgrounds in both libertarianism and Christianity and a passion for building a big tent community of like minded individuals. If you are interested in being part of such an organization, click here and apply today.
Won’t you join us in this grand experiment?