In the final episode of 2020, Norman, Matthew, and Kerry join Doug for an extended episode with a heartfelt discussion about 2020. They reflect on their own experience with the pandemic, how it affected their church and families, as well as what pleasant surprises came about during the year. And don’t forget to stay tuned after the credits to hear the battle between Matt and Kerry over patriarchalism and feminism.
In this episode, Doug and Norman talk Church history with Prof. John Mark Hicks of Lipscomb University. Dr. Hicks's recent book Resisting Babel discusses the life and thought of David Lipscomb, an important historical figure in the American Churches of Christ in the 19th century. Living in Tennessee through the Civil War, his experience of the war greatly shaped his views on the state, and many people he influenced took a stand against violence entirely and refused to fight either for the Confederacy or the Union army during their conscription acts. Lipscomb's influence on the Churches of Christ as a "peace church" lasted until the mid-20th century. Resisting Babel was edited by Dr. Hicks and had contributions from multiple scholars from Church of Christ universities.
Ronald Bailey from Reason.com joins us to talk about his new book (co-authored with Marian Tupy), Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know. We discuss why people are unaware of the global trends, why some data doesn’t tell the whole story, and what humanity can do to keep the progress going.
Austin Rogers joins us to talk about his new book, The Third Temptation: Rethinking the Role of the Church in Politics. Austin believes that many in the church today have succumbed to the temptation to make political power their authority rather than Jesus Christ, and that there’s a better way to think about the role of the church and the role of the state in society.
In this episode, Doug Stuart and Kerry Baldwin are interviewed by Mike Maharrey of the GodArchy Podcast and the Tenth Amendment Center about LCI's new book, Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions, a Q&A book designed to help libertarian Christians answer common objections to libertarianism from a Christian perspective. Doug and Kerry discuss why they decided to write the book, the challenges they faced, and a few of the tough questions themselves. They also take a couple of rabbit-trails along the way that lead to further interesting discussion.
Learning history can be boring and tedious, and not knowing how to connect events, characters, and movements can be frustrating. Jeff Nichols joins us to discuss how to do history and to share with us how he approaches history on his new podcast, History Comes Alive.
Fr. Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, joins us today to discuss his journey from Marxist to free marketeer, and how he makes the moral case for a free economy. He also discusses why he is not fond of the term "libertarian" or "capitalism", as well as how his Catholic faith informs how he advocates for human freedom.
Kevin Vallier is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He works primarily in political philosophy, ethics, Political Economy, and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of over forty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, four edited volumes, and three book, including "Must Politics Be War? Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society". His followup book, and the topic of today's conversation, is "Trust in a Polarized Age".
LCI announces a new book called Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions, a Q&A book designed to help libertarian Christians answer common objections to libertarianism from a Christian perspective. Join the authors for a discussion on the book’s development, why we wrote it, and how you can get a copy!
In this episode, Dr. Norman Horn is interviewed by Mike Maharrey of the GodArchy Podcast and the Tenth Amendment Center. They discuss how libertarian philosophy meshes with Christian theology, as well as Norman's spiritual/political journey and the work of LCI.
Our very own Dr. Norman Horn talks about how Christians and non-Christians alike abuse science. Whether through sloppy thinking or simply being mistaken about the origins of the scientific method, Dr. Horn elucidates how Christians and libertarians should think about science public policy, and our faith.
Beth Silvers from the Pantsuits Politics podcast joins us to talk about her book, "I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations", where we discuss how to have healthy conflict in political discussions, why a sports metaphor doesn't work for politics, and whether or not this is the most important election of our lifetime.
In this episode of the LCI Roundtable, we discuss the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and whether she deserves all the attention she's getting from both sides of the aisle. What were her contributions? Is she at all responsible for legal abortion in America? To evaluate this, we discuss several Supreme Court cases related to abortion, why they were significant, just who were rendering those decision. And close it off by calling out a very prominent pastor and theologian who believes the libertarians have a problematic view of abortion. You don't want to miss this episode; it's not what you're expecting.
Why should Christians, conservatives, and libertarians reject the death penalty? Hannah Cox from Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty joins us to talk about why she believes those who believe in limited government and justice should advocate for ending the death penalty.
Jared Byas of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People joins us to talk about his new book, Love Matters More: How Fighting to be Right Keeps us from Loving like Jesus. Jared and Doug discuss the nature of truth and the relationship between truth and love.
Can a Christian parent use libertarian principles? Does property rights help us disciple our children better? Does spanking violate the non-aggression principle? In this episode, Doug is joined by Matthew Bellis and Kerry Baldwin to discuss the intersection of libertarianism and Christian parenting.
Author Gen LaGreca joins us to discuss her new political thriller, Just the Truth, where a journalist doggedly pursues the truth in a scandal to cover up election fraud at the highest levels of government.
Curious about bitcoin? Join a conversation with our friends Brian Harrington and Josh Humphrey as we discuss what bitcoin is (and isn't) and why it is important to the future of liberty. Brian Harrington is a marketing consultant, freedom fighter, and Bitcoiner from Anaheim, CA. He graduated from Azusa Pacific University and has been following Jesus since he was 6 years old. Josh Humphrey is a nurse by day, a tech enthusiast, and host of the podcast Bottomshelf Bitcoin where he puts Bitcoin in layman's terms and interviews people involved in various aspects of the space. By the end of the episode, you won't be an expert but you'll know more than when you started!
Jason Szeftel is and author and podcaster with a background in international development, law, and economics. He's spent considerable time in China and was recently on our podcast to talk about China's influence in the world. He's back to talk about the history of Christianity in China.
Doug and Norman welcome to the show Erik Lindborg of The Gamertarians to discuss recent popular media that should be of interest to libertarians and Christians.
Doug and Norman answer questions submitted by YOU the listeners on topics ranging from the NAP, self-defense, and military defense to Marxism, the media, and the culture wars.
On today's episode, Doug is joined by Lawrence Reed, president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of many fantastic books, to discuss his newest book, "Was Jesus a Socialist? Why this Question is being Asked Again, and Why the Answer is Almost always Wrong".
Justin Tosi is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Texas Tech University. He works on moral, social, political, and legal philosophy. Brandon Warmke is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He writes about ethics and politics. Today we discuss their book, "Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk".
We pride ourselves at LCI on providing great "evergreen" content for Christian libertarians across the world. Nonetheless, addressing what is happening in the world right now is important as well, and to that end, we are starting up a new video series to do just that. We're calling it "Good News Bad News", and you'll be able to find it every few weeks on our Youtube channel. Each episode, our roundtable will talk frankly about 4 to 8 topics that we think are interesting, notable, and in some cases even fun in world events. To make it even more easily shareable, we’ll carve up shorter segments from the whole on single topics as well. We will rotate around with new people from time to time, and for this episode, we've got Doug Stuart, Kerry Baldwin, Matt Bellis, and me discussing cancel culture, a cashless society, Hamilton (the musical!), and civil disobedience – should Christians ever disobey their government?
The history of the rise of China did not begin decades ago, but millennia. Myths about China persist, but how do we assess what’s going on inside the country, and why? Podcaster Jason Szeftel joins us to introduce us to his podcast, China Unraveled, where he gives listeners a long history and introduction to China.