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The Libertarian Christian Podcast

Join the LCI Team 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 for being our Intro voice, and to Podsworth Media for editing and mastering 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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Episode List

Ep 293: Angela Harders: Journey Away from being a Toxic Teacher

Summary – Angela Harders: Journey Away from being a Toxic Teacher In this episode, Doug Stuart interviews former public school teacher, Angela Harders. Harders is author of the book, Tales of a Toxic Teacher: Exposing the Cycles of Abuse Within Our Schools. Harders discusses her dreams and intentions when she

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Ep 292: Decriminalizing Prostitution: Can Christians Support it?

Summary – Decriminalizing Prostitution: Can Christians Support it? In this episode, Kerry Baldwin guest hosts and interviews Melissa Broudo. Broudo is the co-founder and co-director of the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute. She has been part of the sex-worker-rights and harm-reduction movements since the late 1990s, co-founding SOAR

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Ep 291: Jack Lloyd on Consent, Trauma, & Voluntaryism

Summary – Jack Lloyd on Consent, Trauma, & Voluntaryism Jack Lloyd, a libertarian voluntaryist who’s been promoting the liberty message for over 15 years, speaks about his new book, The Definitive Guide to Libertarian Voluntaryism. He provides an introductory explanation to this and other terms including the anarcho-distinctives: anarcho-capitalism, anarcho-communism/socialism,

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Ep 290: Naked Empire: Scott Horton Exposes American Interventionism

Naked Empire: Scott Horton Exposes of American Interventionism Summary Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, joins Dr. Norman Horn to discuss war and the U.S Government’s failed foreign interventionism. They discuss several key current events including ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine, the Russian invasion of

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Ep 288: Is Big Tech a Threat? with Robby Soave

Robby Soave is Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, where he writes about free speech, education and tech policy, criminal justice reform, and cancel culture, among other subjects. He’s the author of Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump, and Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the

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Ep 285: Libertarian Christians at FreedomFest 2022

The Libertarian Christian team gathered in Las Vegas for FreedomFest, and hosted a breakout session where FreedomFest attendees and vendors were able to join in a lively discussion about liberty, human flourishing, women’s rights, economics, and even Critical Race Theory! If you weren’t able to attend FreedomFest, you’ll at least

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Ep 284: Religious Freedom in a Secular Age, with Michael Bird

We welcomed the Australian, liberty-leaning theologian/scholar Michael F. Bird, to discuss the motivators for writing his new book Religious Freedom in a Secular Age: A Christian Case for Liberty, Equality, and Secular Government. Michael shared his reflections on marriage equality in Australia, Trump’s election, religious persecution, how progressive politics have become a religion,

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Ep 282: Kerry Baldwin Responds to John Stossel on Abortion

Kerry Baldwin joined us for this week’s episode to discuss the topic of abortion, the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade, her recent debate regarding abortion hosted by John Stossel, and the LP’s silence on the subject of abortion. The government has historically approached social issues such as these with

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Ep 281: The Anatomy of a Party Takeover, with Michael Heise

We had the privilege of getting the inside scoop with Michael Heise about some of the iconic moments in the Ron Paul presidential campaigns that converted so many to libertarianism, libertarian activism, what led Michael to establish the Mises Caucus, what it means to be a caucus, the effectiveness of grassroots movements to sway

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Ep 280: Is There Such a Thing As a Good Cop?

With the recent events in Uvalde, Texas, many are disillusioned with policing as a way of maintaining “law and order.” Is it wrong to distrust law enforcement? Sadly, the faults of the judicial branch are being exposed increasingly. Profiling, brutality, systemic oppression, and the culture of fear surrounding police creates

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Ep 279: Religion is Not the Basis for Opposing Abortion, with Jose Galison

YouTuber Jose Galison, of the show “No Way, Jose!”, recently brought onto his show Kerry Baldwin to discuss the difficult topic of abortion. They talked about why religion should not be the basis for the argument against abortion, Walter Block’s differing views on abortion, the natural rights approach to pro-life, why Roe v. Wade is bad

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Ep 278: Against Abortion – A Christian/Libertarian Alliance

Kerry Baldwin was interviewed by Keith Knight of the Don’t Tread on Anyone podcast to discuss the Christian libertarian views on women’s ownership over their bodies, abortion, the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade. Christians should not resort to violence; therefore, abortion and coercion by means of legislation/enforcement are incorrect

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Ep 277: How to Promote Liberty to your Christian Friends

It can be difficult to promote liberty to your social circle, which is why we decided to  give you some tips on how to discuss libertarianism, especially to your Christian friends or family. Thankfully LCI has been working tirelessly since its creation to produce and provide pertinent content on the topic of Christianity and a free society! Show

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Ep 276: Ethical Thought and Communication, with Ryan Ragozine

Ryan Ragozine from the Thinker Sensitive podcast joins us this week to talk about how he saw podcasting as a way to educate outside of a classroom, what it means to be ethical thinkers and communicators as Christians, and how sound thought and speech may help Christians diffuse society’s current polarization. Ethical

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Ep 275: How to Understand Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a hot topic in America, how should Christian libertarians view it? In some ways the narrative of CRT has some validity to it, and may be enlightening for what is going on in society; however, portions of CRT directly challenge people’s rights and individual liberty.

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Ep 274: The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism, with Kristopher Borer

We had the pleasure of welcoming Kristopher Borer, the author of The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism, to talk about how he sought to redefine libertarianism, the unique voice used in his book, and his view of libertarianism as an ethical – rather than a political – system. With his background in engineering, Kris

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Ep 272: The Future Stakes of Social Media and Money

Social media is a massive aspect of modern life. Like most anything else, it can be a platform for good, or it can be used for the opposite. We are forced to wonder the ways in which social media influences our lives – especially with Elon Musk’s recent involvement in

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Ep 271: Libertarian Scholarship, with Jason Jewell, Ph.D.

We were delighted to welcome back Jason Jewell, Ph.D., a previous guest on the podcast and new editor of our own journal the Christian Libertarian Review (CLR). Why is scholarship so important? Ideas that may be socio-politically irrelevant can be launched into the public eye through scholarly journals; therefore, libertarians

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Ep 267: Should the Government Define Marriage?

We decided to react to a debate Dr. Norman Horn participated in with Dr. Allan Carlson back in 2013 on the topic of whether the state should define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In the Bible, God defines marriage within Genesis; however, as our society

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Ep 266: The Babylon Bee Guide to Wokeness, with Kyle Mann

For this week we were joined by Kyle Mann, editor-in-chief and author at The Babylon Bee, to discuss The Babylon Bee Guide to Wokeness. Kyle discussed how The Babylon Bee utilizes comedy and satire as an effective way to expose hypocrisy found in “cancel” and “woke” culture. Though the content may make

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Ep 264: Dad Saves America, with John Papola

We were joined by filmmaker, entrepreneur, creator of the Hayek rap battles, and co-founder/CEO of Emergent Order, John Papola. He shared how the core motivation behind his work has been his family, and what it means to be a father in a country that leads the world in fatherlessness; which led to Dad

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Ep 263: Rival Nations, with Peter Rollo

Peter Rollo, founder of the website Rival Nations, joined us to discuss his passion for theology, why he started Rival Nations, “Two-Kingdom Theology,” Romans 13, voting as a form of violence, and what it means to be a citizen of a “rival nation.” Followers of Jesus are indeed a part of a nation: The

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Ep 262: Non-Compliance as a Check Against the State, with KrisAnne Hall

For this week’s podcast we spoke with lawyer and author Dr. KrisAnne Hall of the Liberty First Society. We began our conversation by discussing Liberty First Society’s recently-released documentary Non-Compliant. KrisAnne gives us a peak at the motivations and themes for the film; and how peaceful non-compliance can be an extremely powerful tool for societal

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Ep 260: Good Governance & Prosperity, with Joel Bomgar

Today entrepreneur, Mississippi State Rep, and founder of the Bomgar corporation (now called BeyondTrust) Joel Bomgar discusses Prospera – a consulting firm establishing sustainable and profitable economic hubs in Honduras. Joel shows how good governance can be linked to prosperity, and why even liberty-minded people should not be scared of the word “governance.” Sadly, good

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Ep 259: Rediscovering Republicanism, with John Nantz

In this week’s episode John Nantz joins us to learn more about his book Rediscovering Republicanism: Renewing America with our Founding Vision and Values. We discuss the differences between uppercase and lowercase-r “republicanism,” as well as the “American Republicanism” system, the foundational virtues that make up our country, and how intellectual-progressivism has

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Ep 258: What is Critical Race Theory? with Phil Magness

Dr. Phil Magness joins us to help us navigate the rather turbulent area that is Critical Race Theory (CRT). Phil is an economic historian; senior research fellow at AIER, as well as the Independent Institute; and author of multiple books concerning the intersection of race, political economy, international trade, higher education, and American history.

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Ep 257: Entertaining Children with Solid Values, with Daniel Harmon

In today’s episode we talk to advertising guru and creator of the Tuttle Twins television show, Daniel Harmon. Daniel is one of the founders of the Harmon Brothers ad agency, which has been the brains behind multiple viral ad campaigns; such as the Squatty Potty, Poo-Pourri, Purple beds, and many more. We discuss how Daniel Harmon found

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Ep 256: America’s Revolutionary Mind, with C. Bradley Thompson

In this week’s episode Doug Stuart talks with Dr. C. Bradley Thompson; a professor at the University of Clemson, and author of America’s Revolutionary Mind, which happens to be the topic of this podcast episode. They discuss the “moral history” of the American Revolution, its pertinence to 2021 politics, and how

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BONUS: What Good is the Constitution? with Tom Woods (re-mastered)

In this episode, LCI is joined by the liberty movement’s favorite podcaster — historian and entrepreneur Tom Woods — as we dive into constitutional history and try to answer the question, “Is the Constitution any good?” Has it actually been effective at limiting government? Is the government it creates even

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Ep 255: Tough Questions from a Paleo-Libertarian

Doug Stuart and Dr. Norman Horn joined Buck Johnson on his Counterflow Podcast to talk about Faith Seeking Freedom and field some tough, interesting questions from Buck. If you didn’t already catch this great episode on Buck’s podcast feed, then you’ll definitely want to listen to it now! Show Notes:  Check out

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Ep 254: Thriving with Stone-Age Minds, with Justin Barrett

Whether or not Christians give credence to evolutionary biology, cognitive scientist Justin Barrett – founder/president of Blueprint 1543 and co-author of Thriving with Stone Age Minds – believes that the sub-field of evolutionary psychology has a lot to offer us when it comes to understanding human thriving and flourishing. Justin

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Ep 251: An Anti-State Christmas

Kick off the Christmas season with a cheerful short book by Tom Mullen, author of An Anti-State Christmas. Not only will you learn why Tom Mullen believes Jesus was the greatest libertarian, you’ll get to read his hilarious poem about Christmas Eve during an era of government control during a

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Ep 250: The Bullish Case for Bitcoin, with Vijay Boyapati

Crypto-currency expert Vijay Boyapati, who left his job with Google to support the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign, joins Dr. Norman Horn to discuss his excellent new book, The Bullish Case for Bitcoin, and field common questions and objections to crypto-currency in general and Bitcoin specifically. Show Notes: Check out the

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Ep 249: How Do You Process and Apply History? with Jeff Nichols

How do you process and apply history? What do you really know about history in the first place? …just trivia, or deep understanding that impacts your beliefs and actions? What’s the purpose of government? …and how does your understanding of history impact how you answer that question? Historian Jeff Nichols,

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Ep 248: Do we really own ourselves?

Kerry Baldwin joins Doug Stuart to answer the Christian version of, “But who would build the roads?” Spoiler: No, the fact that God created and hence “owns” everything does not mean that we cannot also own ourselves. Join Kerry and Doug as they bury this old chestnut and discuss various

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Ep 247: How the COVID Era Has Changed the Liberty Movement

Chris Williams of Podsworth Media joins Doug Stuart to discuss how the actions of government, big tech, and the corporate press in the COVID era have impacted the liberty movement. They discuss the varying reactions to mask and vaccine mandates among different camps of libertarians, the red-pilled vs. blue-pilled paradigm,

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Ep 245: Bob Murphy Steelmans the Opposition

Doug Stuart and Dick Clark joined Bob Murphy to talk about Faith Seeking Freedom, and Bob hurled some extra-tough questions their way. If you didn’t already catch this great episode on Bob’s podcast feed, then you’ll definitely want to listen to it now! Show Notes: Did you know you can

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Ep 244: Christian Misconceptions of Libertarianism

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 13: Christian Misconceptions of Libertarianism. Norman Horn joins Doug Stuart to discuss the book’s final chapter and more! Show Notes: Did you know you can read

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Ep 242: A Conversation with Jimmy Song

Jimmy Song recently welcomed Doug Stuart onto his podcast, Bitcoin Fixes This, for a wide-ranging conversation. Today, we are sharing that conversation with you. Show Notes: Make sure to check out Jimmy Song’s podcast, Bitcoin Fixes This. The Bob Murphy book Doug mentioned: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism.

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Ep 241: What About the Environment and Creation?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 12: What About the Environment and Creation? Dick Clark joins Norman Horn to discuss how pollution control and stewardship of the earth and scarce natural resources would be

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Ep 240: Q&A with Doug and Norman

How are libertarians different from conservatives? What should I do about getting a vaccine? How do we deal with social media being hostile to free market ideals? In this episode, Doug and Norman tackle these questions and more from listeners. Show Notes: Did you know you can read Faith Seeking

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Ep 239: Is there more than one way of being pro-life?

Abolitionist Nathan Weisser joins Kerry Baldwin and Doug Stuart for a discussion of the different sub-sects of the pro-life movement, their differing strategies, where and why they disagree, and where all people who consider themselves pro-life should be able to come together. Special Bonus: You can watch the video of

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Ep 238: What About Abortion?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 11: What About Abortion? Kerry Baldwin joins Norman Horn to discuss what both pro-choicers and pro-lifers get wrong on this issue and the unique perspective on

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Ep 237: Understanding Mimetic Desire, with Luke Burgis

Entrepreneur and author Luke Burgis joins us to talk about mimetic desire in everyday life. In this discussion, Luke talks about the importance of understanding mimetic desire, how Scripture demonstrates mimetic desire, and how we as humans can use this understanding of ourselves, others, and the culture to comprehend the

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Ep 236: Doug Stuart Discusses Immigration with John Loeffler

Doug Stuart joins the Steel on Steel podcast to discuss with conservative host John Loeffler what the Christian libertarian view on immigration should be. Doug advocates a more open borders policy, but as John points out, this is not without its concerns, and certainly not without its opponents. Listen to

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Ep 235: What About Immigration?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 10: What About Immigration? Dick Clark joins Doug Stuart to discuss God’s call for His people to take care of immigrants, how He punished nations who

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Ep 232: What About Social Justice?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 9: What About Social Justice? Dick Clark joins Doug Stuart to discuss how we should think of the concept of social justice, why private charity is

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Ep 230: Work and Worship, with Matthew Kaemingk

What is the connection between worship on Sunday and work on Monday? Why do ministers and worship leaders struggle to connect what they do on Sunday service with the lives of workers in the pews? Join Doug and guest host, Kerry Baldwin, as they interview Matthew Kaemingk on his book, Work

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Ep 226: What About Public Goods and Services?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 7: What About Public Goods and Services? Dick Clark joins Norman Horn to discuss “Who Would Build the Roads?” and how other common government functions would be performed

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Ep 225: Thank God for Bitcoin, with Jimmy Song

Jimmy Song, co-author of Thank God for Bitcoin, joins us to discuss the importance of sound money, and why bitcoin is an ideal money that exceeds even gold in its ability to thwart against tyranny, stabilize an economy, and become a foundation for humans to live more moral lives. Show

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Ep 224: The Moral Value of Tipping, with Anthony Gill

Is tipping a pastime that should be abandoned? Why do waiters and waitresses prefer a tipping economy to a fixed wage economy? Anthony Gill, who has become world renown for his research on gratuities, joins us to discuss why tipping solves a handful of economic problems, and also serves as

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Ep 223: What About Christian Morals and Ethics?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 6: What About Christian Morals and Ethics? Kerry Baldwin joins Doug to discuss why non-libertarians don’t have to fear a life in a free society. Show

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Ep 221: Guiding Critical Thought, with Kerry Baldwin

Kerry Baldwin is back on the show to discuss what critical thinking really is, why it’s important, how to do it properly, why so many people seem to lack the ability to think critically, and how to conduct conversations with people using the Socratic method, in order to help them

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Ep 220: Is Capitalism Problematic?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 5: Is Capitalism Problematic? Kerry Baldwin joins Doug to discuss why non-libertarians don’t have to fear a life in a free society. Show Notes Buy Faith

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Ep 218: True Charity, with James Whitford

James Whitford of TrueCharity.us joins us to discuss his passion for serving the poor without the state and how Christians can join the efforts of others to love those in need by offering them a way out of poverty.   Show Notes Want to learn more about the principles of

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Ep 217: Does a Free Society Have Limits?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 4: Does A Free Society Have Limits?   Show Notes Buy Faith Seeking Freedom 

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Ep 216: The Drug War and Immigration

Doug Stuart and Dr. Norman Horn discuss two of the biggest issues non-libertarian Christians should repent and embrace a libertarian view on: the drug war and free movement of people. Libertarians have long been on the right side of the divide, and Doug and Norman believe that the church is

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Ep 215: Echoing Hope, with Kurt Willems

The humanity of Jesus is an important doctrine to Christians, and recognizing its importance has real significance to our daily lives. Kurt Willems joins us to talk about his new book, Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems Our Pain, which is a theologically rich yet deeply personal manifesto

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Ep 214: What is Government?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 3: What is Government? Show Notes Buy Faith Seeking Freedom Today

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Ep 213: Seven Gray Swans, with Chuck Bentley

While the future is uncertain, there are trends that point toward potential threats to our financial future and well-being. Chuck Bentley of Crown Financial Ministries has identified seven potential threats to our economic well-being in his new book, Seven Gray Swans. He joins us to talk about a few of

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Ep 212: Rural Rebellion, with Ross Benes

How did Donald Trump and the Republican Party become the default party of rural America? How does small town politics relate to the polarization at the national level? Ross Benes, author of Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold, joins us to discuss his insightful memoir/analysis of Nebraskan politics,

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Ep 211: The Libertarian Basics

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 2: The Libertarian Basics. Show Notes Buy Faith Seeking Freedom Today

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Ep 210: The Two Things You Shouldn’t Talk About

Recently, Doug and Norman joined Josh Murtagh on his podcast, The Two Things You Shouldn’t Talk About, and talked about religion and politics, in particular, what a libertarian Christian perspective on social life is. Show Notes The Two Things Website Buy Faith Seeking Freedom Today

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Ep 209: Faith Seeking Freedom on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio

Recently all four authors of Faith Seeking Freedom joined Chris Arnzen on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio to discuss the intersection between faith and politics. They also took listener questions sent in while they were on the air. Enjoy this extended episode! Show Notes Buy Faith Seeking Freedom Today

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Ep 208: Why Should I Care About Politics?

Join the co-authors of Faith Seeking Freedom to get a “behind the scenes” look at the the book’s creation and the content of Chapter 1: Why Should I Care About Politics? Show Notes Buy Faith Seeking Freedom Today

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Ep 207: Jesus Politics, with Kurt Willems

Kurt Willems of the Theology Curator podcast joins us to talk about why Jesus was political, how Jesus did politics, and how the church today can follow in the footsteps of Jesus when living publicly. Kurt also gives us his feedback on LCI’s latest book, Faith Seeking Freedom. Show Notes

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Ep 206: Assessing What Happened in D.C. on January 6, 2021

The Libertarian Christian Roundtable, featuring Jason Rink who was at the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C., discusses the experience of the January 6 protest/riot/insurrection/kerfuffle (nobody knows what to call it!), as well as the mindset behind those at the rally, and the truth about what really happened.

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Ep 205: Kerry Baldwin & Dick Clark on Decentralized Revolution

Kerry Baldwin & Dick Clark recently appeared on the Decentralized Revolution podcast of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus to discuss LCI’s new book, “Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions”. In this interview, they get into a lot of interesting details and nuances not discussed in other interviews

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Ep 204: Is Federalism Worth it?

Doug welcomes to the show Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center and his friend Colby to discuss the topic of Federalism: What is it ideally? How is it supposed to work? How does it work in reality? How does the US model compare to other representative governments? How should

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Ep 203: Was 2020 the Year of Fear?

In the final episode of 2020, Norman, Matthew, and Kerry join Doug for an extended episode with a heartfelt discussion about 2020. They reflect on their own experience with the pandemic, how it affected their church and families, as well as what pleasant surprises came about during the year. And

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Ep 202: Resisting Babel, with John Mark Hicks

In this episode, Doug and Norman talk Church history with Prof. John Mark Hicks of Lipscomb University. Dr. Hicks’s recent book Resisting Babel discusses the life and thought of David Lipscomb, an important historical figure in the American Churches of Christ in the 19th century. Living in Tennessee through the

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Ep 200: The Third Temptation, with Austin Rogers

Austin Rogers joins us to talk about his new book, The Third Temptation: Rethinking the Role of the Church in Politics. Austin believes that many in the church today have succumbed to the temptation to make political power their authority rather than Jesus Christ, and that there’s a better way

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Ep 198: History Comes Alive, with Jeff Nichols

Learning history can be boring and tedious, and not knowing how to connect events, characters, and movements can be frustrating. Jeff Nichols joins us to discuss how to do history and to share with us how he approaches history on his new podcast, History Comes Alive.

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Ep 196: Trust in a Polarized Age, with Kevin Vallier

Kevin Vallier is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He works primarily in political philosophy, ethics, Political Economy, and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of over forty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, four edited volumes, and three book, including Must Politics Be War? Restoring

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Ep 195: Faith Seeking Freedom

LCI announces a new book called Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions, a Q&A book designed to help libertarian Christians answer common objections to libertarianism from a Christian perspective. Join the authors for a discussion on the book’s development, why we wrote it, and how you can

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Ep 190: Ending the Death Penalty, with Hannah Cox

Why should Christians, conservatives, and libertarians reject the death penalty? Hannah Cox from Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty joins us to talk about why she believes those who believe in limited government and justice should advocate for ending the death penalty. Show Notes Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

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Ep 189: Love Matters More, with Jared Byas

Jared Byas of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People joins us to talk about his new book, Love Matters More: How Fighting to be Right Keeps us from Loving like Jesus. Jared and Doug discuss the nature of truth and the relationship between truth and love. Show Notes

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Ep 188: How to Parent as a Libertarian Christian

Can a Christian parent use libertarian principles? Does property rights help us disciple our children better? Does spanking violate the non-aggression principle? In this episode, Doug is joined by Matthew Bellis and Kerry Baldwin to discuss the intersection of libertarianism and Christian parenting. Show Notes  

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Ep 187: Just the Truth, with Gen LaGreca

Author Gen LaGreca joins us to discuss her new political thriller, Just the Truth, where a journalist doggedly pursues the truth in a scandal to cover up election fraud at the highest levels of government. Show Notes Just the Truth

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Ep 185: Christianity in China, with Jason Szeftel

Jason Szeftel is author and podcaster with a background in international development, law, and economics. He’s spent considerable time in China and was recently on to talk about China’s influence in the world. He’s back to talk about the history of Christianity in China. Show Notes China Unraveled Podcast

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Ep 183: Libertarian Christian Q&A

Doug and Norman answer questions submitted by YOU the listeners on topics ranging from the NAP, self-defense, and military defense to Marxism, the media, and the culture wars. Show Notes

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Ep 182: Was Jesus a Socialist? with Lawrence Reed

On today’s episode, Doug is joined by Lawrence Reed, president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of many fantastic books, to discuss his newest book, “Was Jesus a Socialist? Why this Question is being Asked Again, and Why the Answer is Almost always Wrong”. Show Notes

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Ep 181: Grandstanding, with Brandon Warmke and Justin Tosi

Justin Tosi is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Texas Tech University. He works on moral, social, political, and legal philosophy. Brandon Warmke is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He writes about ethics and politics. Today we discuss their book, “Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral

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Ep 180: Good News, Bad News – LCI Roundtable

We pride ourselves at LCI on providing great “evergreen” content for Christian libertarians across the world. Nonetheless, addressing what is happening in the world right now is important as well, and to that end, we are starting up a new video series to do just that. We’re calling it “Good

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Ep 177: The Antiwar War Veteran

John Deangelo of AntiWarWarVet.com joins us to talk about his experience in the Marines in Afghanistan, and how he became a Christian and a libertarian. Show Notes AntiWarWarVet.com

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Ep 175: COVID, Riots, and Mimetic Theory, with Michael Hardin

We welcome Michael Hardin for the first time to the podcast. Michael Hardin is an independent scholar residing in Pennsylvania. In our conversation, we talk about mimetic theory (or should we say, mimetic realism!) in the current context of COVID-19, protests, riots, and the upcoming election. We also get into

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Ep 173: A Coronavirus Conversation

Doug and Norman talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and critique the state response to it and the response of the general public, including libertarians. Show Notes LCI COVID Conversations on YouTube

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Ep 170: The Historic Church and the Modern State, Part 1

Dr. Norman Horn joins the OurFoundations Podcast to talk about politics and theology. In this first half of the interview, they discuss most of the theology related topics and then begin to get into the political theory. This includes why some choose to believe in God, how different people interpret

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Ep 169: School Choice, with Corey DeAngelis

Do kids belong to their parents or the government? Who should have the say where kids go to school? Why is “government schools” more accurate than calling them “public schools”? Corey DeAngelis of the Cato Institute and Reason Foundation joins us to answer these questions, and many more, demolishing the

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Ep 168: Who Benefits from Capitalism? with Joy Buchanan

Joy Buchanan from Samford University’s Brock School of Business joins us to talk about why capitalism benefits everyone, how wealth creation through free trade isn’t obvious, and some biblical support for free market capitalism. Show Notes Joy’s Website National Fever Tracker

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Ep 167: Startup Societies, with Joe McKinney

Most libertarians would claim to be ready for a new society, but that sounds like fantasy to most of us. Joe McKinney from the Startup Societies Foundation shares with us how we can begin to create new societies that overlap existing ones. A one-size-fits-all approach is not the goal, and

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Ep 162: Inequality & Flourishing, with Antony Davies

How important is equality for democracy, for social well-being, and for human flourishing? How do we evaluate the economic misinformation spread around regarding labor, billionaires, and economic growth? Antony Davies joins us to discuss the economics and morality we must consider when we attempt to “fix” a problem that might

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Ep 160: Christ, Capital, & Liberty, with Anthony Flood

Anthony Flood joins us to talk about his polemic against Christopher Ferrara, a prominent anti-libertarian Catholic social thinker. Flood also talks about Doug about human flourishing and whether or not we should be optimistic about the future of human progress. Show Notes anthonygflood.com

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Ep 159: Regulation and Economic Life, with Stephanie Slade

Do ordinary libertarians have something to learn from Christian social teaching? Are all of the Popes wrong about economics? Why is conservative nationalism on the rise? Stephanie Slade from Reason joins us to talk about how Christians can be enlightening libertarians on the importance of culture, not just the role

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Ep 158: Our Foundations, with Joshua Longbrook

Joshua Longbrook of the Our Foundations Podcast joins Doug to talk about his podcast, why it’s extremely relevant to listener’s of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, the sort of topics they cover, how he became a libertarian, his influences (including fantasy and sci-fi), the interplay between church and state, blockchain technology,

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Ep 157: Econ is for Lovers, with Sarah Estelle

Can love be expressed through economics? Sarah Estelle from econisforlovers.com joins us to talk about the Economic Way of Loving and how being equipped with economic knowledge will help us avoid harming our neighbors as well as how to love them better. Show Notes Econisforlovers.com

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Ep 156: Open Borders, with Bryan Caplan

If open immigration would vastly improve the lot of most of the world, why would anybody oppose it? What objections might a libertarian have against open borders? To answer that, Bryan Caplan, author of Open Borders, joins us to discuss what open border means and answers some of the more

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Ep 154: An AnarchoConversation

Doug welcomes to the show Stephen of the AnarchoChristian Podcast to discuss how he became an anarcho-capitalist, the evolution of his ideas, and how to walk the line between supporting imperfect solutions that somewhat slow the advance of tyranny and acting consistently with an-cap and Christian principles. Show Notes AnarchoChristian.com

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Ep 153: The World is Getting Better, with Marian Tupy

Why do people think the world is getting worse, when the opposite is true? Marian Tupy of HumanProgress.org joins us to talk about global data and why we need to spread the good news. While not all indicators of human progress are excellent, as a species we are getting better,

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Ep 152: Live Free & Flourish

Should libertarian Christians only be known for what we are against? Why not be known for what we promote? Doug Stuart makes the argument that advocating for human flourishing is the best way to resonate with those we hope to convince.

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Ep 149: Trains, Jesus, & Murder, with Richard Beck

Richard Beck joins us again to discuss his new book on Johnny Cash. Why was Johnny Cash so popular? How did he bring together gospel and murder songs? Was he an American patriot and how was he a subversive activist? Show Notes Experimental Theology Trains, Jesus, & Murder: the Gospel

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Ep 148: Church Worth Getting Up For, with Chuck Gutenson

One of the most common questions we get at LCI is “how do I find a church community where I can belong as a libertarian?” Chuck Gutenson joins us to talk about the values, characteristics, and qualities every Christ follower should look for in a church. How important is doctrine?

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Ep 147: Priorities to Dismantling the State

If you’re not a button pusher (to end the state tomorrow), then what smaller “buttons” would you push, and in what order, to end the tyranny of the state? Doug and Norman discuss their list of priorities if they were in charge of dismantling the state. Show Notes Do you

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Ep 145: Loving Enemies in an Age of Violence, with Ron Sider

Did Jesus really say that his followers could never use violence? Are there circumstances whereby a person should reluctantly use violence because the situation permits it? If a Christian decides to be completely nonviolent, what options do they have to fight against injustice? Ron Sider joins us to talk about

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Ep 144: Postcards from Babylon, with Brian Zahnd

Brian Zahnd joins us again to discuss the themes in his book, Postcards from Babylon. The American Church is trending toward idolatry, and the Scriptures have a lot to say about what it means to live as exiles in empire rather than embracing the beast itself. With passion and eloquence,

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Ep 143: Love Anyway, with Jeremy Courtney

How do you unmake violence in parts of the world at war? How do you see those in need as friends and not just part of some aggregate situation? What does it look like to love anyway, despite the appearance, beliefs, or history of those in need? Jeremy Courtney, founder

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Ep 142: Must Politics Be War? with Kevin Vallier

Should libertarians make concessions in the political arena in order to advance a better liberty? How the current American political atmosphere made us more trusting of each other? Is a liberal political order amenable to Christianity, and is such an order even possible? Philosopher Kevin Vallier joins us to discuss

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Ep 141: How to Talk to an Atheist with Justin Brierley

Justin Brierley joins us to talk about his experience bringing atheists and Christian apologists together on his show, as well as his book, Unbelievable? where he makes the case for believing in God, and how the Christian story makes the best sense out of life, the universe, and everything. Show

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Ep 139: Religious Toleration In Colonial America, with Dr. Jason Jewell

Religious liberty is sometimes described as “America’s first freedom,” but it was only achieved after more than a century of painful experience and with the development of careful arguments in colonial and early republican America. To many people then, the free exercise of one’s religion was not a self-evident right or something

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Ep 137: What Does the Bible Say About Government? with Jason Hughey

Many Christians believe that the Bible establishes human political authority as a means of ensuring social order. Passages such as Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:17, and Christ’s statement to “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” are commonly referred to in the Christian argument for legitimizing human political authority. However,

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Ep 135: But Who Will Build the Roads???

If you had to let the state do one thing only, what would it be? Roads? Libraries? Primary Schooling? Why or why not? In this episode, Doug and Norman answer this question, as well as discuss the ways in which we can expand our imaginations and offer legit alternatives to

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Ep 134: Christian Pacifism Explained, with Ted Grimsrud

Do Christians need to be pacifists? What would that even mean or look like? Is it wrong to use a gun in self-defense? Ted Grimsrud, Senior Professor of Peace Theology at EMU, joins us to talk about the biblical roots of pacifism. Show Notes thinkingpacifism.net peacetheology.net

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Ep 133: Does Capitalism Encourage Consumerism? with Edd Noell

Does capitalism encourage excessive consumption and greed? Why do anti-capitalists seem to have a zero-sum view of global economic resources? Should we be wary of advertising because it causes us to lose our true freedom to choose? Edd Noell, professor of Economics and Business at Westmont College and President of

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Ep 129: N.T. Wright Answers Our Questions

NT Wright answers our questions about how the Church is to relate to the state and how Christians are to be followers of Jesus in our time and place. What does Church-State politics look like in the United States or in Great Britain? Are they the same? Wright answers our

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Ep 128: Defending Religious Liberty with Daniel Ortner

Do religious people in the United States need to be on alert for violations of their religious freedom? What recent issues have taken place that threaten our individual liberty? Daniel Ortner joins us to talk about the Pacific Legal Foundation and how individual and religious liberty are key fights in

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Ep 124: Moral Arguments for Free Trade with Dan Griswold

Daniel Griswold of the Mercatus Center joins us to talk about how Christians can make the case for free trade by employing moral, economic, and historical arguments. How does free trade enable us to “love thy neighbor” or raise the costs of war or improve the livelihood of the destitute?

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Ep 123: The Case Against Abortion with Chris Williams

We don’t usually publish two episodes in a row on the same topic, but when we do, you can be sure it’s really important! This week’s episode features a unique audio documentary created a few years ago by our audio engineer for this podcast, Chris Williams. He succinctly presents a

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Ep 121: Democratic Socialism with Jamin Hübner

Jamin Andreas Hübner joins us to analyze the claims of democratic socialism and whether or not libertarians should take them seriously. Show Notes A Sit Down with the Nanny State, Part I A Sit Down with the Nanny State, Part II A Sit Down with the Nanny State, Part III

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Ep 120: Loving Liberty

Doug Stuart was a guest on Larry Reed’s “Reed Hour” on the Loving Liberty radio network, and joined Larry to discuss his journey to Christian libertarianism, what LCI is all about, and why democratic socialists are wrong about how to get what they want out of society. Show Notes  

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Ep 119: Growing up (with) RC Sproul

In this episode, Norman is joined by Dr. RC Sproul Jr to discuss his new book Growing Up With RC. Dr. Sproul’s father, RC Sr., was an acclaimed theologian who passed away in late 2017. RC Jr.’s book honors his faithful gospel legacy, and in the show we pass on

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Ep 118: Fight the Powers with Cody Cook

Cody Cook is a theology graduate student and film buff living in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and family. He’s the host of the Cantus Firmus podcast and is the author of Fight the Powers: What the Bible Says about the Relationship between Spiritual Forces and Human Governments. Show Notes

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Ep 117: Busting the Homeschool Myths with Alison Morrow

Alison Morrow of GoodSchooling.net joins us to talk about homeschooling – her own journey, myths people believe about homeschooling, and how her business exists to serve homeschooling parents to achieve the educational goals for their children. Show Notes GoodSchooling.net  

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Ep 116: Called to Freedom

Jacqueline Isaacs, co-author of the book, Called to Freedom: Why You Can Be Christian and Libertarian, joins us to announce a forthcoming audiobook edition of the book. Jacque shares the story behind the book, the audiobook, and some behind-the-scenes stories about their creation. Show Notes Called to Freedom Audiobook landing

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Ep 113: Capitalism and its Discontents

Capitalism has gotten a bad rap, and has many undeserved criticisms of it. Doug and Norman discuss what capitalism really is, down to its fundamentals, and answer some critical questions many have about it.  

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Ep 110: Libertarianism 101

If you were approached on the street and asked what libertarians believe, what would you say? Would it be succinct? Or would it take a few minutes? Doug and Norman discuss some of the basics of libertarianism, providing both succinct and elaborate answers to common questions about the non-aggression principle,

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Ep 109: The “Biblical” Values of Democratic Socialism

In this joint episode with Godarchy host Mike Maharrey, we discuss a recent article from Sojourners on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called biblical values of democratic socialism. The author supports the idea that AOC’s politics could be derived from the Bible. Mike and Doug discuss the article in-depth using humor, sarcasm, and

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Ep 105: Individualism and Envy with Roger McKinney

Roger McKinney, author of God is a Capitalist: Markets from Moses to Marx, joins us to talk about his book, and we dive into the topic of envy and why Christianity’s emphasis on the individual enabled society to think about the world differently, suppressing envy of those around us, and

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Ep 102: The Inclusive Economy with Michael Tanner

The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner joins me to discuss his book, The Inclusive Economy, and what Americans need to consider if we want to seriously make the world a better place for the poor instead of just throwing money at the problem. Show Notes: The Inclusive Economy

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Ep 101: Tomorrow 3.0 and the Sharing Economy with Mike Munger

Mike Munger from Duke University joins me to talk about the Third Economic Revolution that is currently underway. Most people think of it as the sharing economy, but it’s far more than that, and Munger’s analysis on it helps us think better as economists and libertarians. We also briefly discuss

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Ep 100: Celebrating 10 Years and 100 Episodes

On Monday, January 7, LCI hosted its first live episode online, where he and Dr. Norman Horn discussed the origins of LCC, Norman’s success at converting his family to be libertarians, our superfast incorporation story, and the journey starting as a blog about faith and liberty to an institute dedicated

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Ep 99: The Good of Affluence with Dr. John R. Schneider

John Schneider, author of the book The Good of Affluence, joins us to talk about a biblical theology of wealth. How can we know that God wants us to flourish and be prosperous in a truly biblical sense? John rejects the label “prosperity gospel” because there is no guarantees of

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Ep 98: Zama Rripa and the Music of Liberty

Musician Zama Rripa joins us to talk about becoming a musician, writing libertarian songs, and some of his favorite topics around liberty such as honest money, problems with the Federal Reserve, and more! We also feature some of Zama Rripa’s music, including titles like “Live and Let Live” and “Blowback.”

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Ep 96: Fruitful Dominion and the Free Society with Shawn Ritenour

Is there a “Christian” view of economics? How does economic understanding relate to how we approach ethics, sociology, and policy, particularly through a Christian lens? In this episode, economics professor Shawn Ritenour joins us to discuss these questions and more, while also providing insights from his personal journey as both

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Ep 95: In Defense of Openness with Jason Brennan

Libertarians are known for their advocacy of free choice, free association, and free movement. But are there boundaries or limits to this openness? Dr. Jason Brennan of Georgetown University joins us to talk what it means to advocate for global justice, and why it means being open borders and free

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Ep 90: The Bourgeois Deal with Deirdre McCloskey

What explains the wealth of the modern age? Was it capital? Institutions? Slave-holding? Why do some countries seem to have an economic advantage over others? Are the fears of progressives about wealth inequality worth paying attention to? Economist, historian, and prolific author Deirdre McCloskey joins us to talk about the

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Ep 89: How to Live Free or Die

Does a libertopia exist? Is such an idea even possible? What would happen if thousands (or tens of thousands) of freedom lovers all move to the same place? Varrin Swearingen from the Free State Project, joins us to talk about his experience of moving to a place with so many

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Ep 88: Happiness and Social Capital with Jeremy Jackson

Jeremy Jackson, associate professor at North Dakota State University, joins us to talk about happiness research and social capital. He also tells us what got allured him about economics. Show Notes Jeremy’s website The Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

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Ep 87: The Caring Society with Robert Whaples

Whether it comes from Pope Francis or another person who wants to virtue signal about the kind of society they advocate, the “caring society” sounds like a great idea. But what does it actually mean? Can we even achieve such a thing, and would capitalism be a part of it?

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Ep 86: Faith & Cannabis with Jason Rink

In the summer of 2018 Jason Rink participated in a panel discussion at the Texas Marijuana Policy Conference in Austin, TX. Jason joins us to discuss the conference and share further thoughts on how Christians can think about the issue of cannabis use. Show Notes Faith and Cannabis Conference Audio

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Ep 85: Promoting Liberty with Larry Reed

Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Foundation for Economic Education, and has a long history of promoting liberty in the classroom and in think tanks. In this episode he tells us how he became a libertarian, how he has worked in and for the liberty movement over the decades,

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Ep 84: Nullification with Mike Maharrey

Nullification is the idea that, in these United States, the individual states have the power the supercede and “make null” federal law that goes beyond the powers given to the federal government by the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are two of the Founding Fathers most associated with these

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Ep 83: Why D.C. is not Marvelous: the Stark Reality of Politics

In this “Extended Edition” of our podcast, we talk with Armond Boudreaux and Corey Latta, authors of the book Titans: How Superheroes Can Help us Make Sense of a Polarized World!about the real-world insights that superhero stories give us. More than mere entertainment, the genre of superhero comics and movies

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Ep 82: Conservatism vs. Libertarianism

If libertarianism is neither of the left nor the right, then why do libertarians still get cornered as “conservative” or “right-wing” on a regular basis? Furthermore, for Christians especially the conflation of politicalconservatism with theologicalconservatism is confusing at best, grossly problematic at worst. Many Christian libertarians start off as conservatives,

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Ep 81: Dr. Eric Larson’s Experience with Immigration

Dr. Eric Larson is an anesthesiologist in private practice in Grand Rapids, MI, and host of the podcast Paradocs. He joins us to talk about his experience with immigration, and he also shares some helpful information on what non-physicians need to know about the medical industry. Relevant Links The Paradocs

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Ep 80: Is America Winning the Trade War? with Art Carden

Trump told his supporters that they would get tired of all the winning America would be doing if he were president. Now Trump has worked tirelessly to impose tariffs, which cause a lot of economic woes upon many in the United States. Dr. Art Carden of Samford University joins us

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Ep 79: Will A.I. Displace Human Labor? with Jay Richards

Futurists warn humans that our ability to stay competitive will be dramatically reduced because robots and artificial intelligence will make our work obsolete. While Jay Richards does not believe A.I. poses a threat the way some do, he does believe that humans working in a new economy will demand the

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Ep 78: Libertarian Christian Q&R, Round 4

Join us for our second episode where we answer questions you have submitted, as well as popular topics from our Facebook group. We talk about pacifism, pledging allegiance, prayer in public schools, what would happen if Adam and Eve never sinned, and more!

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Ep 77: Libertarian Christian Q&R, Round 3

Join us for our third episode where we answer questions you have submitted, as well as popular topics from our Facebook group. Nationalism, idolatry, voting, and how would the rights of the unborn be protected in a stateless society.

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Ep 76: Loving Jesus and the Bible with Keith Giles

Christians know about Jesus from the Bible, but can we really know Jesuswithout it? What is the difference between “the Word of God” and “the word of God”? Where does the Bible fit into Christian discipleship and habits of spiritual formation? We discuss all this and more with the author

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Ep 75: The Compassion of Libertarianism with Mary Ruwart

Libertarianism is the political philosophy of compassion, says Mary Ruwart, longtime libertarian and author of Healing Our World.Mary joins us to talk about a variety of issues that every libertarian has to defend or confront, including regulation, welfare, and the health industry. Mary’s website

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Ep 73: What Good is the Constitution? with Tom Woods

In this episode, LCI is joined by the liberty movement’s favorite podcaster — historian and entrepreneur Tom Woods — as we dive into constitutional history and try to answer the question, “Is the Constitution any good?” Has it actually been effective at limiting government? Is the government it creates even

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Ep 72: Libertarian Christian Core Values (Part 6)

LCI recently released our Mission, Vision and Core Values statement: a concise, systematic presentation of what we stand for as an organization. This document will provide a framework for LCI going forward, and also serve for branding purposes as a broad explanation of what we believe about the intersection of

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Ep 71: Libertarian Christian Core Values (Part 5)

LCI recently released our Mission, Vision and Core Values statement: a concise, systematic presentation of what we stand for as an organization. This document will provide a framework for LCI going forward, and also serve for branding purposes as a broad explanation of what we believe about the intersection of

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Ep 70: Libertarian Christian Core Values (Part 4)

LCI recently released our Mission, Vision and Core Values statement: a concise, systematic presentation of what we stand for as an organization. This document will provide a framework for LCI going forward, and also serve for branding purposes as a broad explanation of what we believe about the intersection of

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Ep 69: Libertarian Christian Core Values (Part 3)

LCI recently released our Mission, Vision and Core Values statement: a concise, systematic presentation of what we stand for as an organization. This document will provide a framework for LCI going forward, and also serve for branding purposes as a broad explanation of what we believe about the intersection of

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Ep 68: Libertarian Christian Core Values (Part 2)

This episode is second in a series covering our Mission, Vision, and Core Values statement: a concise, systematic presentation of what we stand for as an organization. This episode focuses on why Christian political philosophy should be informed by a holistic view of Scripture, reason, and historical theology. Mission, Vision,

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Ep 67: Libertarian Christian Core Values (Part 1)

LCI recently released our Mission, Vision and Core Values statement: a concise, systematic presentation of what we stand for as an organization. This document will provide a framework for LCI going forward, and also serve for branding purposes as a broad explanation of what we believe about the intersection of

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Ep 66: Intellectual Property with Stephan Kinsella

Intellectual property affects us daily, but is hardly understood by the average individual. Is it something libertarians need to be concerned about? Is it legitimate “property” in the first place? Stephan Kinsella joins us to discuss the important of IP. Stephan Kinsella’s website

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Ep 65: The Moral Superiority of Capitalism with Jay Richards

Capitalism has gotten a bad rap, unfortunately because most people are unaware of what it truly means. Marxism beliefs are creeping into the public’s view of economics, causing people to question the morality of a free market. Even Christians are unwittingly accepting Marxist dogma as economic fact. Dr. Jay Richards

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Ep 64: The Abortion Debate with Kerry Baldwin

The issue of abortion is of great concern to pro-lifers, yet even libertarians debate the political issues with as much disagreement as the left and the right. Is there a Christian libertarian view? How would it differ from the typical pro-life position? What does it mean to say one is

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Ep 63: Christian Economics with Victor Claar

Is there a Christian view of economics? If so, what makes The Economic Way of Thinking different for the Christian? Why do people easily believe economic fallacies? Today Dr. Victor Claar joins us to talk about a Christian economic perspective. Economics in Christian Perspective Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a

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Ep 62: Conscious Capitalism with Alexander McCobin

The left frequently criticizes free market capitalism with inaccurate caricatures and economic fallacies. However, in recent years, many business leaders and academics have been revisiting the philosophical foundations of capitalism and asking: “Is there more to this than just making a profit?” LCI board member and CEO of Conscious Capitalism,

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Ep 60: Busting Myths about the State with Zack Rofer

Tired of hearing bad arguments about why the state is good, but need a better way to respond? Author Zack Rofer (pseudonym) has you covered with his free e-book, Busting Myths About the State. His concise, well-argued book counters some common myths raised in defense of big government. In this

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Ep 59: The Way Back with Jonathan Bock

Regardless of your denomination, many American Christians have the sense that something is wrong in the Church today. Have we forgotten our mission and values, and if so, what can we do about it? Joining us to discuss these questions is entertainment industry professional and Christian media expert Jonathan Bock,

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Ep 57: Getting Control of the Gun Debate with Trevor Burrus

The gun control debate in the United States has raged on for decades, and in many ways has escalated in recent years. Every time there is a mass shooting, calls for more gun control as the “obvious solution” engulf social media and public policy discussions. Furthermore, faulty statistics and bad

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Ep 56: Libertarian Christian Q&R, Round 2

Join us for our second episode where we answer questions you have submitted, as well as popular topics from our Facebook group. We talk about cannabis, whether libertarianism can become an idol, why it’s difficult to get people to see taxation as aggression, who our favorite theologians are, and much

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Ep 55: Social Justice and Libertarianism with Jason Jewell

Concern for social justice has become one of the most effective ways for Christians to signal that they care about the world’s poor, yet below the surface of this virtue signaling are some important issues about justice itself – of social well-being – and understanding how to be a Christian

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Ep 54: Libertarianism, Christian and Non-Christian

What distinguishes Christian libertarianism from secular (or other) forms of libertarianism? Is it mostly a question of motivation, or are there also differences in policy application? Do Christian libertarians sometimes even disagree with one another on policy? In this round table discussion, we explore these and other questions pertaining to

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Ep 53: Must-reads for Libertarian Christians

LCI recommends a lot of books for libertarians. Many of our regular readers or listeners may already be familiar with some of the most influential books amongst libertarian Christians, but in this episode, we’re going to discuss some other, perhaps lesser-known books (as well as some of the obvious ones),

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Ep 51: Stranger God with Richard Beck

You don’t have to become a radical Christian to begin changing the world. Our guest, psychologist Richard Beck, has written Stranger God to deal directly with what a Christian is to do when they know they should reach out to strangers – those on the margins. In an effort to

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Ep 50: The Voluntaryist Constitution with Trey Goff

Constitutions are a divisive topic even amongst libertarians, with the debate often centered on the anarchism v. minarchism issue. But as stateless projects like the Seasteading Institute and others gain more traction, even anarchists and voluntaryists are asking: is there a place for “constitutions” in a fully privatized society? Joining

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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