Tag: NAP

Book Reviews

Book Review: Jesus and the Powers, by N.T. Wright & Michael F. Bird

In Jesus and the Powers: Christian Political Witness in an Age of Totalitarian Terror and Dysfunctional Democracies, New Testament scholars …

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Libertarianism

Libertarianism 2: Understanding the Non-Aggression Principle

For this week’s blog post I’m going to offer up a working definition of a key term that is critical …

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History

Protection, Defense, Retaliation, and Self-Ownership

This is a guest post written by Todd Lewis, who graduated from Malone University with a degree in history and …

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Theology

The Proper Origin of Rights

Libertarianism is founded on the belief that individuals have universal rights – specifically rights to life, liberty, and the possession of property. Despite fairly widespread recognition of these rights, their universal defense (that is, an explanation of why these rights apply at all times and in all places) can often be difficult to articulate. Three predominant sub-groups within libertarianism attempt such a defense, each with a unique approach.

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Libertarianism

Harm or Aggression: How do Libertarians Establish What is Crime?

Some libertarians confuse the non-aggression principle (NAP) with the harm principle. It’s not that hard to see why; aggression can …

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Libertarianism

Is the Bible Pro-Coercion?

Bible Verses About God’s Love for Man The Richmond Observer recently published an article I wrote arguing that the Bible …

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Politics

Conservatism, liberalism, or non-aggression?

There is a distant friend of mine who is a conservative, political activist who regularly insults and belittles ideological opponents on Facebook. A few weeks ago in one of his many cyber-arguments he quipped, “I am a social conservative and a Republican because of my faith in Christ.” A few days later, my wife and I were entering one of our favorite restaurants. Out front was an older, economy car with both 2008 and 2012 Obama/Biden bumper stickers and another sticker declaring, “I am a Democrat because of my faith.” Beside the statement was a cross.

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Libertarianism

Shall we abandon the non-aggression principle?

It has been fashionable of late for some libertarians to broaden the libertarian non-aggression principle in their attempts to make …

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War and Peace

Kevin Vallier on Christian Pacifism and Libertarianism

I have often wondered why my liberal or progressive Christian friends who are also pacifists give nearly zero credibility to libertarianism, even though …

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Economics

The System Built on Greed

Guest post by C. Jay Engel of the Reformed Libertarian. The anti-free market proclamations from the left (and even sometimes …

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Libertarianism

Can Conservatives Be Libertarians?

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

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Politics

The Fall of Bureaucrash

Less than two weeks ago I wrote about how to connect with other libertarian Christians via the Internet. One of …

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Libertarianism

My Journey Through Liberty

I’d like to describe some of the elements of my religious heritage, personal history, and intellectual development that have brought me thus far. If you are reading this and are unsure of whether or not libertarianism is compatible with the Christian faith, well, this is how I got this way and I hope it explains what it means to me, personally, to be a libertarian and a Christian.

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