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Libertarianism

The American Sacrament that Denies Allegiance to Christ

There’s an antebellum African-American spiritual song called “Down by the Riverside.” The song reflects upon being baptized and what it …

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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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Book Reviews

When Christians Sold Out to the State En Masse

Review of Gordon L. Heath, ed., American Churches and the First World War (Pickwick Publications, 2016), x + 213 pgs., …

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History

ISIS, the Crusades, and Religious Violence

With the savage violence being reported daily from the Middle East, and with news of the recent Christian martyrs in Libya, what to do and how to respond has been a hotly debated topic. In most conversations, the only points of debate are how much military power needs to be exerted and how swiftly these powers should act. While this is expected of mainstream political players which are essentially characterized by their use of force, such attitudes are becoming increasingly more common in Christian circles.

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Christian Worldview

“The Son Of Man Is Not Come To Destroy Men’s Lives, But To Save Them”

This guest post comes to us from Greg Cheney. Greg lives in Alaska with his wife, Kari, and their twelve …

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Christian Worldview

Should Christians Call on the State to End Gun Violence?

This is a guest post by Kollin Fields. Kollin is an Adjunct Professor of History, and a Ph.D. candidate in …

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Economics

Violence, Money, and Bitcoin

I want to state clearly upfront that I did not write this article, but its relevance to our present day …

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Christian Worldview

Violence Will Not Save Us

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

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Media

Good News Bad News Jan 11, 2021: Libertarian Christian Roundtable on Trump, the D.C. Riots, and more

The Libertarian Christian Roundtable, featuring Jason Rink who was at the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C., discusses the …

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Christian Worldview

David Lipscomb Against Union Conscription

This entry is part 12 of 18 in the series The Church of Christ and World-Powers

This article continues a series of weekly posts originally authored by David Lipscomb, an important figure in the Churches of …

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Christian Worldview

David Lipscomb Against Confederate Conscription Acts

This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series The Church of Christ and World-Powers

Notable in this piece is the way in which Lipscomb and his co-authors argue for their firm non-violent stance. They are to “submit quietly” to the government save where submission would require violation of God’s law. Their view, of course, is that joining an army to kill would be a violation of God’s law. Would only Christians today see the wisdom in such a firm belief?

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Christian Worldview

The Spirit of the Church and of the World-Powers

This entry is part 10 of 18 in the series The Church of Christ and World-Powers

Having stridently argued for the position that the kingdoms of the world are not of God through both Old and New Testaments, Lipscomb now seeks to differentiate the particular spirit of the Church versus the world-powers.

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News

How to Challenge Your Governor

This guest post is by Matthew Bellis, a member of LCI’s Advisory Board and co-founder of the ReOpenPA movement.  One …

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War in the forest
Appearances

Contagious Violence (and a whole lot more)

A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of being on David Gornoski’s excellent A Neighbor’s Choice radio show to discuss contagious violence, capitalism, Christianity, and some of science and economics around the pandemic (that’s what you get with me — science, econ, and theology!).

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Christian Worldview

N.T. Wright on Caesar and Christ

Doctor Wright points to how the early church revolutionized the way we think about our fellow human beings by caring for the poor and downtrodden and how those actions must be emulated in our current age as well. But what about some of the questions that split the churches right down the middle? Questions like: Should we employ coercion in our attempt to care for the poor and educate people? Can we implement the Sermon on the Mount in the world of politics?

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Christian Worldview

Should Christians Honor Veterans?

The following is adapted from our forthcoming book, 100 Answers to Tough Questions for Libertarian Christians.  To be informed when we …

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Culture

What will prevent mass shootings?

This guest post was written by Dr. Douglas Young. To prevent more mass shootings, many demand more gun control laws. …

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Christian Worldview

The Aesthetic of a Martyr

St. Varus was a highly-decorated soldier who lived in Egypt when the Roman emperor Maximian (c. 286 to 305 A.D.) …

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Culture

“The Joker” and Modern Society

Disclaimer: The following contains spoilers for the recently released movie “The Joker”. Much has been made about Todd Phillips’ movie …

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Libertarianism

The Frankensteinish Outcome of the Iraq War

America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 had a Frankensteinish effect. It created a monster.

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Academic Journal

Abstract: Origen’s Interpretation of Violence in the Book of Joshua (Chenoweth)

Title: Origen’s Interpretation of Violence in the Book of Joshua Author: Mark Chenoweth Abstract: If libertarians advocate for a highly restricted …

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Christian Worldview

Do Not Conform

Our culture is addicted to violence. That includes most Christians. A few months ago, I went to a men’s conference …

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Politics

Is Google Better than the U.S. Military?

“Google should be ashamed,” says Marc Thiessen, the former chief speechwriter for George WMD Bush who is a “is a …

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Book Reviews

Does Religion Cause Violence? (Book Review)

There is no shortage of new books on the relationship between religion/theology and violence. Does Religion Cause Violence? is the second from …

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Libertarianism

Transcending Identity Politics

We sometimes hear conversations which contain claims like, “Jews are so sneaky,” or “Christians are so intolerant,” or “Asians are …

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Libertarianism

The Slave and the Aristocrat

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in his book, The Antichrist: “Christianity has taken the side of everything weak, base, ill-constituted, it has …

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Theology

The Stone Table

C.S. Lewis had some interesting things to say about humanity in his children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, and …

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War and Peace

The Tragedy of the Seven Samurai

All artistic masterpieces have something in common, according to René Girard. Akira Kurosawa’s movie Seven Samurai, better known to western …

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Politics

What I Learned about Christian Love from My Conversation With Black Lives Matter Leader Hawk Newsome

When Jesus visited his disciples after his execution, they were terrified. They expected him to bring the standard justice of …

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Politics

Political Correctness Hallucinates Immigrants as Animals

This week, the Political Correctness religion mass hallucinated that Trump called illegal immigrants animals because many of its members feel …

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