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. In fact, most libertarians tend to be even stronger advocates of gun ownership and self-defense than the typical conservative. At the same time, many professed pacifists are advocates of gun control, high taxes, and other leftist public policies (which, of course, are always enforced by the state with violence). Despite copious examples from earlier in church history, finding consistent Christian pacifists in the West today is exceedingly rare.
The Non-Aggression Principle --- the baseline of all libertarianism --- holds that it is unethical to initiate force against anyone, except in response to an attack on person or property by an aggressor. The Non-Aggression Principle leaves open the door for violent self-defense, so long as one does not initiate an attack. However, libertarianism is not a comprehensive worldview that addresses every ethical situation, and it's possible that the Bible calls Christians to an even higher standard of behavior than what baseline libertarianism would permit.
Are Christians ever permitted to use violence, even in self-defense or the defense of others? Should we encourage gun ownership? What about Christians serving in the military or as police officers? Tune in to Episode 3 of The Libertarian Christian Podcast! We'll even cover the type of cliché hypothetical scenarios that anyone involved in this debate can expect to hear in every conversation on the subject; maybe we'll even succeed in 'blowing away' a few of them...
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 topic, like 'Should civil government even exist?' The liberty movement spans a broad range of thought on this issue, but most libertarians would roughly be classified as either advocates of a very small, limited civil government (minarchy) or advocates of some form of stateless society with no civil government (anarchy). What should libertarians think of this issue, and how does Christian theology come into play? Find out, in Episode 2 of The Libertarian Christian Podcast.
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 the Church to think through our political philosophy and be better equipped for the Lord's work. But before we get into some of the heavy lifting that you'll encounter in later episodes, we thought we'd start off by introducing ourselves to you; it's probably a good idea for you to know what you're getting into (cf. Luke 14:28-30) . So join us as we explore faith, freedom, and talk pretty much exclusively about 'religion and politics.'
Robert Murphy's Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism
Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics
Ron Paul's Revolution: A Manifesto
N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope
Greg Boyd's Myth of a Christian Nation
Ludwig von Mises Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism