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BOOK REVIEW — Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions
Reviewed by Mike Blessing
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions
129 pages, by Dr. Norman Horn, Doug Stuart, Kerry Baldwin, and Dick Clark
With those out of the way….
Faith Seeking Freedom is easy reading, in that the authors don't try to cram you chock-full of data and information and jargon, such that you would feel overwhelmed by it all.
When the authors cite Biblical content, they put the citation right there in the same paragraph as the point that they're making, so you don't have to keep flipping back and forth to the end of the chapter or the end of the book. This is probably for the best where electronic versions are concerned. Also, for those inclined to have a Bible nearby to check on the authors, it's right there where you can compare and contrast the authors' points against the Bible verse(s) itself.
The authors don't attempt to take sides where the big divisions of libertarian thought occur, such as the minarchy vs. anarchy debate, or whether or not to be involved in the LP, with the exception of the abortion issue.
SPECIFIC POINTS —
[Page numbers cited here are what listed is on the particular page. The actual pages on the PDF version that I used for this review will be that number, plus 10 pages.]
Chapter 2 (The Libertarian Basics, pp. 23-34) gives the reader a decent summary of the Non-Aggression Principle and how it applies to everyday life.
p. 26, part of the answer to Question #13 ( How do libertarian Christians account for people who violate the non-aggression principle (NAP)?) takes on the minarchy vs. anarchy question rather well — the authors explain both sides without explicitly favoring one side or the other. (Disclosure: I personally lean towards the anarcho-capitalist side.)
p.39, Question #25 (Do libertarians believe any and every government is illegitimate?) also tackles the minarchy vs. anarchy adroitly, explaining both sides without favoring one or the other.
pp. 67-68 give a succinct and principled response to the "What about roads?" shibboleth.
OK, enough spoilers.
Do me a favor Do yourself a favor — Go and get a copy and read it for yourself.
Faith Seeking Freedom is an easy-to-read, principled guide for Christians who are seeking to understand libertarianism, on par with Inclined to Liberty by Louis Carabini, The Law by Frederic Bastiat, or Down With Power by L. Neil Smith.
Go get a copy, read it, then tell your friends and family.
Copyright © 2020 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
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