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All Articles by Ruth Ryder

Christian Worldview

Violence Will Not Save Us

As I have previously written, the early Christian virtue of patience (and therefore non-violence) and the libertarian Non-Aggression Principle are …

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Christian Worldview

Jesus’s Kingdom Revolution

By six o’clock in the evening on the first Good Friday, the world was a different place—although no one knew …

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Libertarianism

The Crucifixion and the “In-Crowd”

The scene of Acts 15, the Council at Jerusalem, and the conflict between Paul and the Judaizers is well known …

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Libertarianism

Libertarian Principles in Dante’s Inferno

Libertarianism, as many of us know, is often mischaracterized as primarily a selfish ideology that is fundamentally at odds with Christian belief and practice.

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Libertarianism

Finding Common Ground on Abortion

Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, writes in a recent op-ed of the necessity for Christians on both the right and …

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Libertarianism

Government would rather women abort than use cannabis

As I’m writing this, I’m nearly halfway through my second pregnancy (not counting two anembryonic pregnancies).  I’ve been lucky, having …

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Culture

Are You a “Resident Alien” or Have You Gone Native?

In his book The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Alan Kreider discusses how the early Christians lived in tension …

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Culture

Mental Illness and the ‘Right to Try’

Following the recent high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Reuters published an article arguing that the “rise in …

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Libertarianism

The Non-Aggression Principle and the Virtue of Patience

One of the core values of a libertarian Christian in the LCI’s Mission, Vision, & Core Values is that “A free …

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Politics

Diagnosis: Institutionalized Codependency

Boundaries are one of the most fundamental principles for libertarians. They are essential for delineating personal property and bodily autonomy. …

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Libertarianism

New Research: Government is Killing Us

Here in rural Indiana, as in much of the Midwest, it’s difficult to escape the visual reminder of the ubiquity …

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Christian Worldview

Jesus Wants Me to Break the Law

Early Christians understood that to proclaim Jesus is Lord and that their citizenship is in Heaven was to make a …

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Theology

Circumcision and the “War on Self-Pollution”

Disclaimer: LCI posts articles representing a broad range of views from authors who identify as both Christian and libertarian. Of …

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Libertarianism

Do you Believe in Natural Rights or Might-Makes-Right?

The linchpin of liberty, the most critical concept which people seem to have an extraordinarily difficult time understanding, is the …

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Culture

How Blaming “Toxic Masculinity” Perpetuates Violence

Recently, one of my friends on Facebook brought up the question of why there is presently such a heavy emphasis …

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