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Join LCI Founder/Chairman Norman Horn, Board members Doug Stuart and Jason Rink, and Executive Director Nick Gausling as each week they explore, debate, and analyze the issues that are directly relevant to the intersection of Christianity and liberty. Always thoughtful, frequently controversial, and never boring (trust us), it is our hope and prayer that The Libertarian Christian Podcast serve as a valuable resource to the Church for years to come.

Special thanks to Matthew Bellis, Katelyn Horn, and Bob Murphy for helping us with the audio. They volunteered their time and talent to help us create a professional-sounding podcast, and we are grateful for their support! It should be noted that their support for the podcast is not to be construed as their endorsement of the ideas and beliefs we talk about on the podcast.

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Ep 49: The Christian Libertarian Review

Ep 49: The Christian Libertarian Review

About a year and a half in the making, the Libertarian Christian Institute is now blessed to present our inaugural volume of Christian Libertarian Review: our new scholarly journal dedicated to the intersection of Christianity and libertarian thought. On this episode, General Editor Jamin Hübner and Assistant Editor Ruth Ryder…

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Ep 48: Working In The Liberty Movement With Aaron Day

Ep 48: Working in the Liberty Movement with Aaron Day

Most people, including most libertarians, have a very negative perception of lobbyists, often because lobbyists seem to represent those who loot the rest of us on behalf of special interests. While this is often the case, there are also some lobbyists who represent liberty. How does someone go about lobbying…

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Ep 47: 2017 Through A Mimetic Lens With David Gornoski

Ep 47: 2017 Through a Mimetic Lens with David Gornoski

One year ago, it was widely acknowledged and discussed that for good or bad, 2016 had been truly extraordinary. As we now reflect on 2017, what are we to make of it? In this episode, LCI contributor and Mimetic Theory expert David Gornoski returns to give a Girardian take on…

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Ep 46: A Very Murphy Christmas With Bob Murphy

Ep 46: A Very Murphy Christmas with Bob Murphy

As we celebrate the Advent, economist and friend of LCI Bob Murphy returns to the show to tell us about his Christian testimony. Once a staunch atheist who planned to write (in his words) “the definitive refutation of Christianity,” Bob was converted to Christ in the early 2000’s and has…

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Ep 45: The Christmas Stories As Anti-Imperial Good News

Ep 45: The Christmas Stories as Anti-Imperial Good News

Doug and Norman talk about the birth stories of Christ and how Matthew and Luke both use language and employ storytelling techniques that provide a clear anti-Roman and anti-empire story. This is good news for all because the message of liberation is not only about our personal liberation from the…

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Ep 44: Economics And The Parables Of Jesus With Jeffrey Tucker

Ep 44: Economics and the Parables of Jesus with Jeffrey Tucker

Parabolic interpretation has been seen through many lenses throughout Christian history. While the deepest theological meaning of the parables carry the greatest importance, there are also important lessons which can be gleaned from the historical context in which the parables occur. In this episode, Jeffrey Tucker returns to discuss principles…

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Ep 43: Kingdom Business With Jared Byas

Ep 43: Kingdom Business with Jared Byas

Jared Byas does theology and business, and he integrates the two in this episode about what it means to do business with a kingdom perspective. Jared has experience with launching businesses as well as organizational planning and family business consulting. He is also the co-host of The Bible for Normal…

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Ep 42: The Economics Of Neighborly Love With Tom Nelson

Ep 42: The Economics of Neighborly Love with Tom Nelson

God created a world in which our work matters. Often we fall into the mindset of compartmentalizing our lives into sacred or secular categories, but in the Christian life, everything is sacred and eternally valuable (including our work). In this episode, we are joined by pastor, author and ministry leader…

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Ep 41: Russ Roberts On Having Meaningful Conversations

Ep 41: Russ Roberts on Having Meaningful Conversations

It seems that people are no longer able to have a decent conversation with each other about politics or other controversial topics. Social media exacerbates our tribal tendencies and often we get entrenched in our own beliefs. It often takes the wisdom of one who has had years of experience…

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Ep 39: Libertarians And Libertinism With Taylor Barkley

Ep 39: Libertarians and Libertinism with Taylor Barkley

The popular perception of libertarianism is often skewed. While those on the left tend to think of libertarians as greedy and self-absorbed with no concern for the poor, those on the right --- and particularly the Christian right --- often conflate libertarianism with libertinism. What's worse, many libertarians have contributed…

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Ep 38: The Bible’s Portrayal Of The State (with Jason Hughey)

Ep 38: The Bible’s Portrayal of the State (with Jason Hughey)

What is the biblical portrayal of the state? The Libertarian Christian Institute frequently discusses this question; it has very important ramifications for how we think about political philosophy. In this episode, we continue our interview series with the authors of Called to Freedom as we are joined by Jason Hughey,…

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Ep 37: News With Nick & Norman

Ep 37: News with Nick & Norman

Mass shootings, gun control Protest with a football North Korea, South Korea, Rajoy as Franco No, it’s not a new Billy Joel song; it’s a discussion of some very important current events in culture, domestic and foreign policy, and international news which have happened during the last couple of months.…

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Ep 35: The Drug War (with Raeford Davis)

Ep 35: The Drug War (with Raeford Davis)

The War on Drugs is one of the most frequently-cited policy issues in modern politics, and it also serves as a clear foil of libertarianism. Whether or not one supports inflicting legislative violence to stop non-violent activity, as happens routinely in the Drug War, is perhaps the most important litmus…

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Ep 34: Mimetic Theory (with David Gornoski)

Ep 34: Mimetic Theory (with David Gornoski)

Sociology, psychology and anthropology can bring us many important insights into our theology, and 20th century scholar René Girard is a testament to that fact. Diving deep into the root causes of sin and social conflict, Girard helps us to see that much of human strife occurs because of our…

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Ep 33: Theonomy And Christian Reconstructionism With CJay Engel

Ep 33: Theonomy and Christian Reconstructionism with CJay Engel

The subject of theonomy (rule by the Old Testament law) and Christian Reconstructionism (rebuilding society with the Old Testament as a blueprint) is sometimes raised in discussions of Christian political theology, particularly from those in the Reformed tradition. Most Reformed Christians would not identify as theonomists, yet interestingly, many who…

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Ep 31: September 11 (with Ron Paul, Et Al)

Ep 31: September 11 (with Ron Paul, et al)

Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Over the last couple of months, we've interviewed three leading foreign policy experts about what has transpired in U.S. foreign policy since that fateful day, what lessons were learned (or not learned), current issues in U.S. foreign policy, and the…

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Ep 30: How To Reach Christians With The Liberty Message

Ep 30: How to Reach Christians with the Liberty Message

In July, Doug Stuart and Nick Gausling attended the Young Americans for Liberty 2017 National Convention on behalf of LCI. This episode is our talk from the LCI breakout session, plus some additional Q&A recorded at the LCI booth. We cover some key points in how to engage and reach…

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Ep 29: Would Society Work Without The State? With Bob Murphy

Ep 29: Would Society Work Without the State? with Bob Murphy

Nearly every libertarian has heard the classic objection, “But who would build the roads?” This question is so common that it has become a point of ridicule by libertarians to mock weak arguments for why libertarianism supposedly can't work in practice (as if the state's nearly-endless track record of failures…

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Ep 28: American Idol (Annotated CFL Talk #3)

Ep 28: American Idol (Annotated CFL Talk #3)

As part of our summer lineup, we're revisiting several of the most popular and informative talks given at Christians for Liberty conferences in previous years. Though instead of just reposting those talks, we've filled them with some extensive supplemental commentary, so even listeners who have heard the original talks with…

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Ep 27: Cross Vision With Greg Boyd

Ep 27: Cross Vision with Greg Boyd

Theologians have struggled for almost the entire history of the Church to analyze and explain the violence attributed to God in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. As libertarian Christians, this issue is often raised regarding the compatibility of libertarianism and Christianity. Some ancient theologians resolved the conundrum using allegorical…

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Ep 26: Biblical Foundations Of Christian Libertarianism (CFL Annotated Talk #2)

Ep 26: Biblical Foundations of Christian Libertarianism (CFL Annotated Talk #2)

As part of our summer lineup, we're revisiting several of the most popular and informative talks given at Christians for Liberty conferences in previous years. Though instead of just reposting those talks, we've filled them with some extensive supplemental commentary, so even listeners who have heard the original talks with get all new material. This…

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Ep 25: Jesus, The Bible, & Politics With Brian Zahnd

Ep 25: Jesus, the Bible, & Politics with Brian Zahnd

Brian Zahnd is a pastor from Saint Joseph, Missouri, whose own thought journey mirrors that of many libertarian Christians: away from neoconservatism and nationalism, and towards skepticism of empire and the pursuit of peace. Though he doesn't self-identify as a libertarian and we have some differences, Zahnd's work does have…

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Ep 24: Gospel Against Empire (CFL Annotated Talk #1)

Ep 24: Gospel Against Empire (CFL Annotated Talk #1)

As part of our summer lineup, we're revisiting several of the most popular and informative talks given at Christians for Liberty conferences in previous years. Though instead of just reposting those talks, we've filled them with some extensive supplemental commentary, so even listeners who have heard the original talks with…

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Ep 23: Christianity & LGBTQ With Preston Sprinkle

Ep 23: Christianity & LGBTQ with Preston Sprinkle

One of the most common questions asked to libertarian Christians is what we think about LGBTQ, gay marriage, and other related issues. Libertarian political philosophy only addresses the matter up to the point of state involvement: because these things constitute voluntary actions, they should not be regulated by law. In…

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Ep 22: C.S. Lewis On Natural Law With David Theroux

Ep 22: C.S. Lewis on Natural Law with David Theroux

C.S. Lewis is undoubtedly one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the past 100 years, and despite his death being more than a half century ago, his work contains many insights which apply to contemporary trends in philosophy, politics and society just as much as they did in his…

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Ep 21: Romans 13 And Early Christian Theology Of The State

Ep 21: Romans 13 and Early Christian Theology of the State

It's Independence Day once again, when hundreds of millions of Americans will celebrate a history most of them know very little about. One of the high holy days of what has become American civic religion, it's very probable that the Founding Fathers would greatly lament what it has become. However,…

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Ep 20: Religious Freedom And The Marriage Wars With Stephanie Slade

Ep 20: Religious Freedom and the Marriage Wars with Stephanie Slade

One of the most common issues raised by non-libertarian Christians about libertarian thought is marriage licensing. Because the family unit is essential to social order, the argument goes, Christians should allegedly support state regulation of what constitutes 'marriage' and who is allowed to 'marry.' But state power is a sharp…

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Ep 19: Capital Punishment In Christian Ethics With Shane Claiborne

Ep 19: Capital Punishment in Christian Ethics with Shane Claiborne

Today we are joined by Shane Claiborne, an internationally-recognized author, speaker, and activist, and perhaps the leading western Christian voice for the New Monastic movement. While Shane does not identify as a libertarian, there are many aspects of his thinking which overlap with libertarianism. In this episode, we discuss capital…

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Ep 18: Debate: Keith Giles V. Mark Van Steenwyk On Two Kingdoms

Ep 18: Debate: Keith Giles v. Mark van Steenwyk on Two Kingdoms

In our first ever debate on the Libertarian Christian Podcast, author Keith Giles returns to debate author/activist Mark van Steenwyk on Two Kingdoms theology and Christian involvement in formal politics. As he explained in our earlier interview, Giles holds that formal politics is not a proper task of the Christian…

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Ep 17: Education & Apprenticeship With Isaac Morehouse

Ep 17: Education & Apprenticeship with Isaac Morehouse

Isaac Morehouse is longtime contributor to and friend of the Libertarian Christian Institute, and today he joins us to discuss his organization, Praxis. As its very Misean name suggests, Praxis is about action; specifically, it's about helping people to gain practical experience and skills which matter in real world business…

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Ep 16: Immigration With Art Carden

Ep 16: Immigration with Art Carden

On today's episode, we are joined by libertarian Christian economist Art Carden to tackle one of the most pressing and divisive issues in contemporary American politics: immigration. President Trump's stance on this issue was one of the key factors that propelled his victory in last November's election, but since then…

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Ep 15: The Life Of Faith With Peter Enns

Ep 15: The Life of Faith with Peter Enns

On this episode, the always insightful (and frequently controversial) biblical scholar Dr. Peter Enns joins the show to talk to us about the journey of faith, trusting God, how to disagree with other Christians, pitfalls in biblical interpretation, and much more. Those familiar with Enns' work typically have a strong…

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Ep 14: Pope Francis Attacks Libertarianism; Jeffrey Tucker Responds

Ep 14: Pope Francis Attacks Libertarianism; Jeffrey Tucker Responds

Several weeks ago, Pope Francis escalated his political and economic rhetoric with a direct attack on libertarianism. Jeffrey Tucker, one of the liberty movement's most influential thought leaders and himself a Roman Catholic, was told by his publisher that it seems as if the Pope's comments were aimed at his…

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Ep 13: Round Table Discussion

Ep 13: Round Table Discussion

In this episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, Norman, Doug and Nick venture into the metaphorical woods with a discussion of things we've been thinking about lately relevant to faith and freedom. We start off with aritificial intelligence and robotics, jump over to Russiaphobia and the New McCarthyism, round the…

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Ep 12: The Great Books With Jason Jewell

Ep 12: The Great Books with Jason Jewell

It's obvious that throughout history, books have been one of the primary methods for communicating ideas. However, certain books stand out above the rest in terms of their perennial relevance and impact across hundreds or even thousands of years; these have come to be known as the Great Books. In…

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Ep 11: For God Or Country

Ep 11: For God or Country

God & Country: for generations, it has been the refrain of 'respectable' Christianity for many Americans, but is it really a Christian concept? What about the majority of the world's Christians who live outside the United States, many of them under oppressive regimes? What about the earliest Christians living under…

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Ep 10: Jesus Untangled With Keith Giles

Ep 10: Jesus Untangled with Keith Giles

In this week's episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, we are joined by author and pastor Keith Giles, whose new book Jesus Untangled is making waves with its thesis that the Church must separate itself from the state. Doug and Nick discuss with Giles how he reached his conclusions and…

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Ep 9: Proclaiming Liberty To The Captives: Spiritual & Political

Ep 9: Proclaiming Liberty to the Captives: Spiritual & Political

In last week's episode, Nick and Doug interviewed communications expert Robin Koerner on how to effectively reach people with the libertarian message. In this episode — recorded independently of the previous interview — Norman and Jason discuss their take on the subject, including a corollary issue which is sometimes raised…

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Ep 8: Liberty Strategies With Robin Koerner

Ep 8: Liberty Strategies with Robin Koerner

We libertarians tend to be a philosophical bunch, and many of us can spend countless hours arguing over the finer points of economics, or trying to explain how Rothbardian political economy applies to environmental issues. But the reality is that the vast majority of the population does not reach political…

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Ep 7: Spiritual Warfare

Ep 7: Spiritual Warfare

As Christians, we understand that the evils we see in the world are really just manifestations of the deeper spiritual struggle between the Kingdom of God and the the kingdom of darkness. As libertarians, we also know that in the aggregate, nobody causes more evil and mayhem in the world…

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Ep 6: Libertarian Christian Q&R

Ep 6: Libertarian Christian Q&R

On this episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, we respond to questions from you: the listener. Does a Christian's view of libertarianism differ from that of a secular libertarian, or from the philosophy of Ayn Rand? What should we think about ever-recurring issues such as abortion and gay marriage? And how…

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Ep 5: Christians And Voting

Ep 5: Christians and Voting

On this episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, we dive into yet another contentious topic. Libertarians (particularly of the anarchist variety) are very much divided on the issue of whether or not it is ethically acceptable to vote in government elections, while the resounding consensus amongst Christians seems to be…

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Ep 4: Libertarian Christians And The Academy

Ep 4: Libertarian Christians and the Academy

On today's episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, we welcome our first guest: Dr. Jamin Hübner. Jamin is a professional theologian from South Dakota, where he currently serves as founding Chair of Christian Studies at John Witherspoon College. No stranger to controversy, he is quickly becoming one of the leading…

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Ep 3: Pacifism And Self-Defense In Christian Ethics

Ep 3: Pacifism and Self-Defense in Christian Ethics

Welcome to the third episode of The Libertarian Christian Podcast. Today, we explore another volatile topic: violence, self-defense, and pacifism. The overwhelming majority of both Christians (at least in the West) and libertarians are not pacifists, and would at minimum favor a right of retaliatory or defensive force against aggressors.…

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Ep 2: Anarchism And Minarchism In Christian Thought

Ep 2: Anarchism and minarchism in Christian thought

Welcome to the second episode of The Libertarian Christian Podcast, and the first episode in which we'll start to dive into some serious analysis. The mainline marketing gurus advise to ease into things without rocking the boat, so we thought it would be good to jump in with a non-controversial…

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Ep 1: Our Libertarian Christian Journey

Ep 1: Our Libertarian Christian Journey

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Libertarian Christian Podcast! We at LCI are very enthusiastic about this project. Not only have our supporters been asking for it; it's also a blast for us to record. But most importantly, we hope and expect it to be a valuable resource for…

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