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Theology

History

With or Without a God: Natural Law and Property Rights

[Excerpted from An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, vol. 1, Economic Thought Before Adam Smith (1995). An …

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Theology

Battle for the Mind

By Edmund Opitz, originally published in the April 1984 edition of The Freeman. —- The term Weltanschauung is nothing more …

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Culture

Jesus and Soldiers

My good friend Stephan Kinsella, who is not a Christian, recently attended an event with great relevance to our time …

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Theology

Theonomy, theology, and voting

Did this post title turn your head? Did you wonder what this would be about? Me too. Actually, I have …

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Theology

Biblical Roots of American Liberty

Originally by Edmund Opitz in the July 1991 (41) edition of The Freeman. —- The First Amendment to the Constitution …

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Theology

No Man Can Serve Two Masters

“Why is it that we see men willing to sacrifice property, the comforts of home, the sweets of the domestic …

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Appearances

The Doctrine of a Christian Warmonger

Today we continue the podcast series of the Christianity and War Audiobook, by Laurence Vance, with the essay “The Doctrine …

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Theology

How to Promote Peace in Your Church

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but it is for a good reason. I’ve been carefully writing this article …

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History

The Lasting Influence of Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard

Let us take a brief departure from politics to some theological history, shall we? Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) and Søren Kierkegaard …

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News

Christianity in Action – the Obama Presidency

Ever wondered what Christianity looks like in practice? Look no further than… President Obama! I saw this today at a …

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Appearances

What Happened to the Southern Baptists?

Today we continue the podcast series of the Christianity and War Audiobook, by Laurence Vance. This essay is entitled “What …

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Book Reviews

Disciple of Liberty by Jason Rink, Book Review

In the world of literature on liberty, books fall into three distinct categories. First are the books for experts scholars, deeper works that address high level concepts, social or economic theory, and philosophical ideas. Next are the books for the informed reader, those that have a working knowledge of libertarian ideas and seek to improve one’s understanding of the philosophy of liberty. Finally, there are books for those just starting their journey in liberty, those who have little knowledge of economics or libertarian theory. Jason Rink’s Disciple of Liberty falls into the latter category, and it fills a particularly useful void in libertarian literature: an easily accessible explication of liberty to the Christian newcomer.

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History

New FAQ Questions Added

Since the opening of the new Christian Libertarian FAQ last week, I have already received a number of interesting questions. …

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Theology

Theological Traditions

Many people do not like the word “tradition.” It holds connotations of oldness or stinginess, and in our modern way …

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Appearances

Podcast: War, Foreign Policy, and the Church (Part 2)

My apologies for being late with part 2 of “War, Foreign Policy, and the Church,” but life happens, you know? …

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Appearances

Podcast: War, Foreign Policy, and the Church (Part 1)

As promised, the weekly podcast is here! In this selection from Christianity and War by Laurence Vance, we cover a …

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Theology

Leo Tolstoy and Non-Resistance

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. War and Peace and Anna Karenina have inspired millions over the last century. Less well-known about Tolstoy, though is that he had a profound effect upon many due to his interpretation of Christian ethics, especially regarding non-resistance and pacifism. In 1884, he expounded upon his beliefs in What I Believe, and this work was promptly banned in Russia for its negative depiction of the state and the Russian church. After the book had spread throughout the world and garnered attention, Russian secular and religious intellectuals began attacking his ideas. The Kingdom of God is Within You, published in 1894, is a further explanation of his beliefs and a response to his opponents.

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Appearances

Podcast: The Unholy Desire of Christians to Legitimize Killing in War

After a major hiatus, the LCC Podcast is back! I am continuing the Audiobook series of Christianity and War by …

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Book Reviews

Anarchy and Christianity

Anarchy and Christianity is a short work presenting the essentials of Ellul’s political philosophy with respect to Scripture. It reads in a scholarly manner, especially with his references to historical and textual criticism and the assumption that the reader knows something about Marxian class theory, historical theological traditions, and even a bit of Greek

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Theology

The Abrahamic Legacy: The Jewish Ideal of Freedom

A thought-provoking article about historical Judaism being connected to liberty appeared on LewRockwell.com yesterday, and I think it is well …

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Theology

Edmund Opitz – Minister to Liberty

If a patron saint for the libertarian movement were to be chosen, at the top of the list would be Rev. Edmund A. Opitz, minister and theologian for liberty. He was a good friend of Murray Rothbard and many others in the freedom movement—he was present from the beginning and knew almost everyone. From the 1950s through the 1990s, Opitz called the church to an integrated understanding of religion, economics, and individual liberty. He passed away in 2006, creating a void yet to be filled but leaving this world much better than he had found it.

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Appearances

Podcast: The Hypocrisy of Christian Warmongers

This is the thirteenth installment of the Christianity and War Audiobook Podcast, presented by LibertarianChristians.com. This will be the last …

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Appearances

Podcast: Live and Let Live Radio Interview

Today’s podcast is actually an interview I recorded with Gary Johnson of the Live and Let Live Radio Show on …

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Theology

Churches and the Social Order

By Edmund Opitz. The church plays an important role in human life. It was once the unwritten rule in polite …

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Economics

Perspectives on Religion and Capitalism

By Edmund Opitz The two major terms in my title are subject to extravagant misunderstanding and occasional abuse. Some of …

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