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Reformed Libertarians with Gregory Baus

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Featured Guest Bio | Gregory Baus

Gregory Baus is a student of the Reformational/neocalvinist philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd. A former international English teacher; he’s currently living in the US and writing a Master’s thesis on the topic of self-knowledge. (There’s a link to his profile in the show notes). Gregory became a libertarian anarchist in 2008 and we collaborated together on the statement, “What is Reformed Anarchism?” written in 2020

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Summary – Reformed Libertarians with Gregory Baus

Today I’m announcing a new podcast that I’ve been working on and will be co-hosting. Many of you know that I’m a Reformed Christian who is also libertarian. But what you may not realize, is the extent to which my libertarian views are grounded in the Reformed faith. For the past years, I’ve been one of the only Reformed libertarians with a major platform.

This has created a challenge to me to provide content on seemingly disparate topics, but this takes away from my ability to focus in the topics I’m better known for and would prefer to refine my focus on. So today, I’m making an announcement about this new project with my friend and colleague, Gregory Baus.

I will be co-hosting this new podcast, in addition to this podcast, Dare to Think – which will only get better. I’m excited about the opportunities. Join me, Kerry Baldwin with Gregory Baus, as we Dare to Think about introducing libertarianism to the Reformed world.

Main Points of Discussion

00:00 Introduction
01:26 How we came to start this new project
Previous episodes with Gregory Baus on culture
02:56 What’s the purpose of this podcast?
Definition of libertarianism
04:48 Typical Objections: “Profit over people” or “Do whatever we want”
Austrian Economic Theory
“If we care about human life, society, this warrants coercing groups to get along”
Principles of justice, morality, conception of human nature, nature of society and how it operates
10:14 Didn’t John Calvin believe in using the magistrate to enforce Christianity?
Coming to confess disestablishmentarian
13:42 What about Christian Nationalism?
Mixture of more or less precise definitions of Christian Nationalism create confusion and rejects the best Covenant Theology
16:28 Is libertarianism is a viable idea to begin with?
When is the optimal time explore the ideas of freedom and prosperity?
Shouldn’t we just make the best out of the system we have?
Overton Window: a set of ideas which are “thinkable.”
21:23 Not a political commentary podcast;
Mission of the new podcast

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Kerry Baldwin
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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