All Articles by Laurence Vance

Politics

Is Obama gutting the military?

I am not a fan of Barack Obama. But since there are a lot of things that could be said …

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Book Reviews

Just Politics

To get an idea of Ronald Sider’s perspective in this book, we might begin with a look at the man …

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Culture

If I were a pastor

I am not a pastor. I am not a minister. I am not a preacher. I am not a priest. …

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Book Reviews

A Biblical Defense of Self-Defense

I have written many articles on gun control. As a book reviewer, I am especially interested in new books on gun …

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Book Reviews

Sow It Everywhere

Review of Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012), vii + 519 …

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Libertarianism

Can Conservatives Be Libertarians?

Some libertarians are applauding the recent Supreme Court decisions relating to same-sex marriage, not because of anything to do with …

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Book Reviews

Glenn Beck Almost Gets It Right (About Guns)

Review of Glenn Beck, Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns (Threshold Editions, 2013), xvi + 189 pgs., paperback, $12.00. I …

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Theology

Follies of Christian Militarism

Introduction to War, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism by Laurence Vance (Vance Publications, 2013), …

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History

Adultery and the State–Moral Courage or Moral Busybodies?

The legislature of the state of Colorado recently passed, and the governor signed into law, a bill to repeal an …

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Culture

You might be guilty of military idolatry if…

This past Memorial Day brought forth the usual military idolatry. What makes it worse, though, is that this military idolatry …

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Theology

Shall We Smite With the Sword?

Philip Mauro (1859-1952) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and educated at Columbian University in the nation’s capital, now known …

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Libertarianism

Does Libertarianism Diminish Freedom?

Hillsdale College in Michigan hosts Mises Lectures in free-market economics and houses the library of Mises in the Ludwig von …

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War and Peace

Is it Okay to Kill?

Is it okay to kill? I don’t mean a bug in your house, a snake in your garage, or a …

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Culture

Decriminalization, Legalization, or Freedom?

In between drug prohibition and drug freedom are two concepts that are often confused. Drug prohibition is the criminalization of …

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Politics

All Taxation is Theft

When it comes to governments the world over, bad economic policies usually beget more bad economic policies. That is especially …

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History

Alexander Campbell, Tolbert Fanning, David Lipscomb: A Nineteenth-Century Anti-War Triumvirate

A shorter version of this essay was presented at the 2013 Austrian Economics Research Conference at the Mises Institute. Alexander …

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Economics

Liberals, Conservatives, and the Welfare State

Ronald Sider is a liberal. Paul Ryan is a conservative. But don’t let the labels fool you; they are more …

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Theology

Janus Christians

“Were it not for the support offered by several tens of millions of evangelicals, militarism in this deeply and genuinely …

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Politics

Is God Against Drones?

He is not, according to former CIA analyst and current Christian axis of evil candidate Mark D. Tooley, as long …

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Economics

Two Views of Libertarianism

There exists much confusion in the political sphere about libertarianism. Conservatives often mischaracterize it as discounting human nature and disdaining …

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War and Peace

Militarism is not heroic

Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, and the U.S. military’s most lethal sniper, was deliberately and fatally shot recently by …

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Book Reviews

What Every Libertarian Needs To Know About Two Books on the Drug War

Review of Mark A. R. Kleiman, Jonathan P. Caulkins, and Angela Hawken, Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to …

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News

Christian Philosopher Wins Prestigious Rescher Prize

Christian philosopher Alvin C. Plantinga has won the prestigious Rescher Prize for contributions to systematic philosophy. David Theroux of the …

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Book Reviews

Two Important Books for Libertarian Christians

I must recommend two important books for Libertarian Christians. The first is Turn Neither to the Right Nor to the …

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War and Peace

Soldiers in Fantasyland

Disney World in central Florida recently opened a large expansion and renovation of its Fantasyland area. Kids can ride Dumbo …

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