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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

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Pro-life Libertarianism is Better Than the Texas Abortion Law

The State of Texas has thrown the US Supreme Court a curve ball with their new anti-abortion law. They’ve succesfully circumvented Roe v Wade by allowing citizen enforcement through civil suits. To be clear, abortion is still not criminal in Texas. But, the risk of obtaining abortion now includes the potential for civil damages. While many conservative pro-lifers see this and other anti-abortion laws as wins for the unborn, it raises libertarian questions about the

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Does 1 Corinthians 7:5 Contradict Human Rights in Marriage?

Can a wife say ‘no’ to sex with her husband? Can a husband say ‘no’ to sex with his wife? Does 1 Corinthians 7:5 contradict human rights expressed through self-ownership? A popular interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7:5 says spouses may never say ‘no’ to sex unless it’s for “medical reasons.” This interpretation relates to some objections from Christians about the principle of self-ownership. In this view, you can’t own yourself because God owns you (which

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Book Review: You Are Not Your Own by Alan Noble
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Book Review: You Are Not Your Own by Alan Noble

The libertarian principle of self-ownership is increasingly coming under fire by statist Christians. The latest attack came from a English lit professor, Alan Noble, in his book, You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World. Noble’s book receives high praise from Christian figures and thinkers. As usual, however, this is high criticism of a foundational human rights principle that was not well-researched. Noble’s primary sources are a Christian anarcho-communist (Ellul) and

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Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

The Doublespeak of Black Lives Matter and a Libertarian Response

The murder of George Floyd has proven to be a tipping point in America. Not only are various politicians looking at criminal justice reform, but some police officers are abandoning their posts as they’ve done in Seattle, Minneapolis, and now Atlanta. This doesn’t seem to be your usual (and temporary) social outrage. But what is it that we’re tipping towards? What began with peaceful protests against excessive use of force by the police, has culminated with President Trump threatening to deploy

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Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

A “woman’s right to choose” is a devastating euphemism

When actress Michelle Williams gave her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, everyone knew what she was talking about. Sometime in Williams’ past, she had an abortion. But she never actually mentioned the word ‘abortion’. Instead, she referenced a common euphemism, ‘a woman’s right to choose’. We all know what she meant by that. Williams conveyed gratitude for her award because she felt it symbolically affirmed her choices, including her choice to have an abortion. Conservative pro-lifers have been quick

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Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

Matt Walsh Is Wrong About Bodily Autonomy and Abortion

Matt Walsh recently argued against the existence of bodily autonomy. In Walsh’s estimation, bodily autonomy can’t exist because it’s a pro-choice argument which “necessitates either that the humanity and personhood of the [fetus] depends on the mother’s wishes, … or it’s an irrelevant question because the mother has her body and she can do what she wants with it.” I’m guessing Walsh doesn’t have libertarian tendencies, but for the purpose of this article I’m taking bodily autonomy

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Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

Libertarian Christians Can Bridge a Gap for Abuse Victims

Note: This article was written in the context of the latest allegations concerning domestic violence against women in the church. It is not intended to diminish abuse of men by women, which is equally valid and horrific. The content of this article is applicable for men, but for simplicity, is directed to a female audience. The Christian church is no stranger to controversy, and concerns of abuse are especially disturbing. The Roman Catholic Church has

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