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The Libertarian Christian Podcast

Join the Libertarian Christian Institute as 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.If you'd like to reach out to us and ask a question or submit some feedback, you can reach us at podcast@libertarianchristians.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and of course, our website, libertarianchristians.com.

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Ep 122: Pro-Life Libertarian Women Redefine Abortion Debate

Much of what is being said on the news and social media about abortion by both pro-choice and pro-life activists is just plain wrong. In this episode, three pro-life libertarian women "take the mic" to discuss some of the most common myths about abortion and to present a new way of thinking for libertarians to value both the rights of women and the unborn. While certainly compatible with Christian theology, the arguments presented herein are based on science, embryology, ethics, libertarian political theory, and free market economics. Buckle up! Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

1hr 22mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 130: Bob Murphy and Norman Horn talk Morality and Politics, Christianity and the Troops, and Romans 13

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. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

1hr 15mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 137: What Does the Bible Say About Government? with Jason Hughey

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.

1hr 15mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 144: Postcards from Babylon, with Brian Zahnd

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". Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

52mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 146: Minarchism, Anarchism, and What is a True Libertarian?

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? Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

36mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 125: Create Freedom for Yourself and Others, with Isaac Morehouse

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. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

54mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 141: How to Talk to Atheists, with Justin Brierley

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. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

47mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Ep 135: "But Who Will Build the Roads???"

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. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

44mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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Ep 136: Core Values of Christian Libertarians, with Dr. Norman Horn

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. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

44mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 121: Democratic Socialism with Jamin Hübner

Jamin Andreas Hübner joins us to analyze the claims of democratic socialism and whether or not libertarians should take them seriously. Audio Production by Podsworth Media

32mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Ep 160: Christ, Capital, & Liberty, with Anthony Flood

Anthony Flood joins us to talk about his polemic against Christopher Ferrara, a prominent anti-libertarian Catholic social thinker. Flood also talks about Doug about human flourishing and whether or not we should be optimistic about the future of human progress. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.

50mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Ep 119: Growing Up with RC Sproul

In this episode, Norman is joined by Dr. RC Sproul Jr to discuss his new book Growing Up With RC. Dr. Sproul's father, RC Sr., was an acclaimed theologian who passed away in late 2017. RC Jr.'s book honors his faithful gospel legacy, and in the show we pass on some Sproul-inspired lessons and memories that influence our thoughts on both theology and politics today. Audio Production by Podsworth Media

55mins

20 May 2019

Rank #12

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Ep 123: The Case Against Abortion, with Chris Williams

We don't usually publish two episodes in a row on the same topic, but when we do, you can be sure it's really important! This week's episode features a unique audio documentary created a few years ago by our audio engineer for this podcast, Chris Williams. He succinctly presents a strong factual and logical case against abortion and then interviews two women with powerful pro-life testimonies. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

48mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 133: Does Capitalism Encourage Consumerism? with Edd Noell

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. Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

40mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Ep 156: Open Borders, with Bryan Caplan

If open immigration would vastly improve the lot of most of the world, why would anybody oppose it? What objections might a libertarian have against open borders? To answer that, Bryan Caplan, author of Open Borders, joins us to discuss what open border means and answers some of the more prominent objections to it, including why Friedman was wrong and why cultural fears are understandable but unfounded. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.

1hr 4mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Ep 149: Trains, Jesus, and Murder, with Richard Beck

Richard Beck joins us again to discuss his new book on Johnny Cash. Why was Johnny Cash so popular? How did he bring together gospel and murder songs? Was he an American patriot and how was he a subversive activist? Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

43mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Ep 145: Loving Our Enemies in an Age of Violence, with Ron Sider

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". Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

40mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Ep 150: Turn Neither to the Right Nor to the Left, with Eric Schansberg

Why would a politician change his or her position on a policy? How do we account for views that "shift" in one direction or another, especially when it appears to be out of political expediency? Eric Schansberg joins us to talk about this, as well as his book, "Turn Neither to the Right Nor to the Left", a must-read book for Christian Libertarians! Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

43mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 154: An AnarchoConversation

Doug welcomes to the show Stephen of the AnarchoChristian Podcast to discuss how he became an anarcho-capitalist, the evolution of his ideas, and how to walk the line between supporting imperfect solutions that somewhat slow the advance of tyranny and acting consistently with an-cap and Christian principles. Audio Production by Podsworth Media

1hr 1min

20 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Ep 163: A Conservative Case for Drug Legalization, with Christina Dent

The case against the drug war is pretty strong for libertarians, but many conservatives are just waking up to the harm drug prohibition and criminalization have brought onto millions of lives. Christina Dent joins us to share her story from being a Christian political conservative against drug legalization to a Christian political conservative in favor of drug legalization. Her organization, End It For Good, is an education and advocacy organization working to end our criminal approach to drugs and shift to a health-centered one. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.

48mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #20