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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. Episodes are released every Monday. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher to get each episode as soon as it launches!
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Dec 9, 2019

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? Does right practice rule over right doctrine? What about “church shopping”? How important is it to be in a diverse church? And of course, what do you do if you’re a libertarian and disagree strongly with somebody else in your church?

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Dec 3, 2019

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.

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Nov 25, 2019

Should anarchists make a minarchist argument to win statists over? Does being a minarchist make you unlibertarian? WHat would disqualify you from not being a libertarian? And would you push the button to end the state tomorrow?

 

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Nov 18, 2019

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 these questions, which he addresses in his book, "If Jesus is Lord: Loving Our Enemies in an Age of Violence".

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Nov 11, 2019

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, Zahnd helps us understand how Christians ought to live in the world but not be "of the world".

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Nov 4, 2019

How do you unmake violence in parts of the world that are 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 and CEO of Preemptive Love, joins us to talk about his new book, "Love Anyway", and the work his organization is doing to imagine the more beautiful world.

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Oct 28, 2019

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 these things and the contents of his newest book, Must Politics Be War? Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society.

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Oct 21, 2019

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.

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Oct 14, 2019

Economists like competition because competitive markets create what the economist Tim Harford calls "a world of truth": we produce, as he puts it, the right things the right way and in the right proportions, with prices guiding them into the hands of the right people. This "world of truth" makes no assumptions about people's preferences, however, and it is entirely possible that people buy and sell things that corrupt their souls--that they exchange the truth of God for a lie, as it were.

But this does not mean forsaking competition will make things better. In this episode, Art Carden explores the unintended consequences of government intervention to prevent or promote competition as well as implications of the Imago Dei for exchange and the institutions thereof.

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Oct 7, 2019

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 that was desirable for any social purpose. Today the rights of conscience are again coming under attack, and Christians need to recover the intellectual framework that makes arguments for religious freedom compelling.

This episode examines foundational documents that early Americans relied on and produced to win the battle for religious liberty. It also provides resources for Christian libertarians who want to engage in the renewed battle for this precious freedom we dare not take for granted.

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Sep 30, 2019

David Gornoski uses mimetic theory to explain how the Gospel is the antidote to the problems that ail our world, including the myths that prevail in our politically correct climate.

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Sep 23, 2019

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, there is good reason to be highly skeptical of human political authority and its perceived legitimacy on biblical grounds. Jason Hughey takes us on a deeper dive into the context of these passages (and more) to discover that they may not be as convincing when used for the purposes of divinely legitimizing human political authority or demanding our allegiance to such authority.

Sep 16, 2019

Norman discusses the fundamentals of Christian libertarianism in the context of LCI’s recently released mission, vision, and core values, with an additional emphasis on the kind of character we should build to be effective “truth-tellers” to our communities today.

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Sep 9, 2019

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 state-run goods and services.

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Sep 2, 2019

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.

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Aug 26, 2019

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 the Association of Christian Economists joins us to sever the connection between consumerism and capitalism.

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Aug 19, 2019

Doug and Norman discuss the issue of social justice. What is social justice? Why do many people have different notions of it? Is there a “libertarian Christian” way to conceive of social justice? Is there such a thing as a “social gospel”? And can the state rightly participate in enabling the common good?

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Aug 12, 2019

With the death of the VW Beetle and the arrival of the self-checkout, the world is coming to an end. Or is it? Art Carden, an economist to his core, joins us to alleviate our fears about the end of the world as we know it. After it, you’ll feel fine.

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Aug 5, 2019

This episode was originally recorded for the Bob Murphy show, where Bob and Norman Horn have a provocative conversation that will enlighten both believers and skeptics alike. They critically analyze the tendency of American Christians to support war, in its domestic and foreign applications. Norman gives Bob the best, succinct analysis of Romans 13 he has ever encountered. Bob ends (playing devil’s advocate) by challenging Norman to explain why the Church isn’t just as exploitative as the State.

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Jul 29, 2019

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 questions in this uniquely recorded episode.

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Jul 22, 2019

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 the preservation of a just society.

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Jul 15, 2019

Troy Frasier and Joel Bourdess join us to talk about how sermons preached before the advent of audio recording can now be heard in modern language through their podcast. They share stories about the preachers, their research on the sermons, and the context in which these sermons were preached.

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Jul 8, 2019

If talking about politics is tough for you, our guest Hunter Baker has some helpful advice and insights about how best to approach the topics of freedom, liberty, justice, and peace.

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Jul 1, 2019

Isaac Morehouse is more interested in creating freedom for himself and enabling others to get over obstacles to their own freedom and human flourishing, and it is always worth hearing what he has to say about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Jun 24, 2019

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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