Called to Freedom (Audiobook)



Conservatism, Republican politics, and traditional Christianity are thought by some to go together like baseball and apple pie. Yet, for a growing number of people, libertarian political thought provides an alternative to the traditional Christian right. That number includes the six young authors of this book who explore and expound the case that one can be both a Christian and a libertarian. Called to Freedom explores the major points of tension between the Christian faith and political liberty to demonstrate why the two can coexist in harmony. Through their own personal experiences, and from six different perspectives, the authors offer both thoughtful arguments and encouragement to anyone navigating the space between Christianity and libertarianism. It is in that space that the authors have found a home, one that prioritizes the kingship of Jesus Christ and the inherent dignity of the people created in his image. If you are a Christian exploring libertarian thought, or if you feel caught between your Christian beliefs and libertarian political instincts, this book is written for you.


“The essays collected in this volume represent a wave of fresh and welcome voices in the age-old debates over the relationship between liberty and religious faith. If the so-called libertarian ‘moment’ is to last, it will be due in no small part to the efforts of sharp, principled thinkers like these, who engage not only their reason but also their faith in efforts to live together freely and virtuously.”
–Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

“This book is an exciting combination of personal intellectual journeys, public policy, and biblical exegesis all rolled into one. Anyone interested in the intersection (or separation) of church and state will enjoy it.”
–Roger Custer, Executive Director, America’s Future Foundation

“As Called to Freedom makes clear, the only social/political arrangement that makes sense in a Christian context is one that allows each peaceful person to exercise his uniqueness. Whether it’s the personal decision to accept Christ, or making the daily choices that define one’s character, freedom is God’s intent for each of us.”
–Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education

“This book is mature, calm, and penetrating, while turning the focus constantly toward the freedom and dignity of all.”
–Jeffrey Tucker, Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education

“Called to Freedom makes a compelling case that Christians should support liberty rather than any political party. In today’s difficult political environment, this book reminds us why we should not put our hope in politicians.”
–Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

“This book offers a refreshing and forceful analysis of the challenging clash of ideas found squarely in the intersection of Christian faith and libertarian political thought. Its timing couldn’t be better.”
–Roger Ream, President, Fund for American Studies

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Dr. Norman Horn

Introduction, by Elise Daniel

Chapter 1 “Can I be a Libertarian Christian?” by Jacqueline Isaacs

Chapter 2 “What Does the Bible Say about Government?” by Jason Hughey

Chapter 3 “Cool It: You Don’t Have to be a Libertine,” by Taylor Barkley

Chapter 4 “Bards with Breadcrumbs: Optimists With a Story to Tell,” by Leah Hughey

Chapter 5 “The State is No Savior,” by Philip Luca

Afterword, by Elise Daniel


Elise Daniel is the content director of Bellwether Communications and serves as the firm’s managing partner in Washington, DC. She graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in economics. Follow her on Twitter @EliseAmyxDaniel

Jacqueline Isaacs is the strategic director of Bellwether Communications and serves as the firm’s managing partner in Nashville, TN. She earned an MBA in marketing at Johns Hopkins University and a BS in government at Oral Roberts University. Follow her on Twitter @Jacque_Isaacs

Jason Hughey is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. He earned his BA in government from Regent University, and he worked for several liberty-advancing nonprofits before switching to the fitness industry full-time. Follow him on Twitter @JL_Hughey

Taylor Barkley lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and works at a public policy organization and part-time with Search Ministries. He graduated from Taylor University with a degree in history and political science. Follow him on Twitter @TaylorDBarkley

Leah Hughey is a graduate of Regent University, where she studied government and history. She works at a Christian ministry focused on fostering collaboration between charities and churches to solve social problems in the cities they serve.

Philip Luca is a marketing strategist working with tech companies and startups in the Washington, DC, area. He holds two degrees from Liberty University in digital media and theology, and is currently completing a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Wharton School. Follow him on Twitter @PhilipLuca

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