A Christian Libertarian Alliance Against Abortion with Keith Knight

Summary: A Christian Libertarian Alliance Against Abortion

In this episode, Kerry Baldwin was invited on with Keith Knight of the Don’t Tread on Me podcast and the Libertarian Institute. Knight asked Baldwin numerous questions about Christianity and libertarian philosophy. Most of the focus was on the topic of abortion. Can there be an alliance between non-religious and Christian libertarians on the question of abortion? Baldwin thinks so and describes much of the common ground pro-life and pro-choice libertarians have on the issue. Kerry Baldwin also speaks about the book she co-authored called, Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions

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Summary: A Christian Libertarian Alliance Against Abortion

In this episode, Kerry Baldwin was invited on with Keith Knight of the Don’t Tread on Me podcast and the Libertarian Institute. Knight asked Baldwin numerous questions about Christianity and libertarian philosophy. Most of the focus was on the topic of abortion. Can there be an alliance between non-religious and Christian libertarians on the question of abortion? Baldwin thinks so and describes much of the common ground pro-life and pro-choice libertarians have on the issue.

Main Points of Discussion

00:24Why should Christians care about politics?
01:19What does it mean to be a libertarian?
01:44How are Christianity and libertarianism compatible?
05:26What is wrong with helping the poor? (Was Jesus a Socialist?)
07:21Does a Christian society need to outlaw drugs?
10:09Is abortion justified in the case of rape?
14:58When does life begin? Rothbardian requirements for self-ownership? Differences between life and personhood
18:50Body autonomy (my body, my choice); is the embryo mere protoplasm? women own a means of production
22:00Is abortion prohibition the same as slavery?
24:56Authoritarian vs libertarian enforcement of abortion prohibition; Restorative justice
29:48What is wrong with 1st trimester abortions? The seen vs the unseen
34:40Oppressor/Oppressed relationships; feminism as nihilism
37:40How Mises, Rothbard, and Reformed theology influences my view
43:08What’s wrong with conservative Christians supporting the state? The two greatest commandments
48:35Favorite liberty kids books, homeschooling resources, Mere Liberty Courses

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Kerry Baldwin is an independent researcher and writer with a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University.

Kerry Baldwin’s Website: https://mereliberty.com/abortion

Book discussed: https://libertarianchristians.com/fai…

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B.A. Philosophy, Arizona State University. My writing focuses on libertarian philosophy and reformed theology and aimed at the educated layperson. I am a confessionally Reformed Christian orthodox Presbyterian in the tradition of J. Gresham Machen (1881 – 1937)
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