At a most opportune moment in history, where Christians are questioning the very fabric of governance that is on full display through our federal and state mandates during this pandemic, authors Horn, Stuart, Baldwin and Clark deign to answer what is dancing through many of our minds: are we truly free, here and now? Depending on what state you live in may determine your answer. As Liz Lemon so aptly sighed, "Blerg."
More to the point, this lovely, short primer, "Faith Seeking Freedom," outlines many of the top questions and answers from a Christian Libertarian perspective that tickle the dabbler's fancies. Topics covered, but not limited to, are:
-Morals and Ethics
-Environmentalism, and so on.
The great contributions of this book are the comport, general answers that help those who know little, or nothing at all, of Christian Libertarianism. Better yet are the resources at the end of each chapter for further, more extensive reading on each topic.
As a novice to Libertarianism myself, this book was eye-opening and helped build better scaffolding to their ideology that so often confused me. The Non-Aggression Principle was better explained and dove-tailed into all of the various topics. But before any other novice like me believes Libertarians are abject pacifists or lofty conservatives in more capitalist clothing, take a look at this book for a better understanding.
At their behest, the authors invite readers to ask more questions. One that might be helpful for further discussion is; What truly distinguishes Christian conservatives from Christian Libertarians, philosophically, historically, and perhaps, theologically? One can guess a little if they follow the NAP through. However, having it explicated and unpacked might help those who find themselves confused and on the fence (Ahem, like me).
As a theologically-trained deaconess in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, I don't necessarily have any major problems with the authors' theological excursuses. I read into their humility and heard well they do not have all of the answers. They rely on some steady tenets of the faith which form their worldviews, such as Original Sin, Repentance, and Justification. Also, their understanding of the natural law, that which is already written on our hearts, takes precedent before any notions of creating a utopia with political philosophies.
Because we have an ongoing tension in our present American reality, with free markets and regulations, sin and pride, ownership and the serfdom of the welfare state, it is difficult to see how things might be different, or change, in a peaceable way as the authors hope. If we can piecemeal the several examples they give from different countries and at different eras, God grant it! Especially as more Christians read and chew on the concepts and philosophies this book discusses.
It was an honor and a privilege to read and review this book, and I hope to see the authors build more on an already good foundation; giving rise to a much needed discussion in a time where freedoms are seemingly fleeting and at an unprecedented rate--perhaps at the same rate where Christ is nowhere to be heard in our individual and, sadly, corporate confessions. God bless this book and may it be a help to the Church at large to see Liberty as a direct gift from God.