Dr. Mohler & Libertarianism [Reformed Libertarian Podcast]


ReformedLibertarian.com PodcastIn this June 19 episode of The Reformed Libertarian Podcast, host CJay Engel graciously responds to some very negative comments about libertarianism made by Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Of particular interest to The Confessing Baptist readers & listeners is the question of whether or not libertarian theory is necessarily based on atheism, idolatry, and objectivism (e.g. Ayn Rand), as Dr. Mohler claims. Download, listen, and subscribe! –Patrick

Source: Ep. 2 Dr. Mohler and Libertarianism | Reformed Libertarian

Introducing The Reformed Libertarian Podcast [Special Interview]

C.Jay Engel explains this new endeavor:

ReformedLibertarian.com Podcast

C.Jay Engel
C.Jay Engel

Welcome to The Reformed Libertarian Podcast’s first episode!

Thanks to Jason Delgado of The Confessing Baptist podcast for doing this special duel podcast interview with me for my first one.  In this intro podcast, I am interviewed (on my own podcast!) about a variety of different things such as the purpose of the podcast, what libertarianism is, and how it relates to other political terminology. Mostly, it’s just a relaxed conversation, heavily focused on an introduction to this site’s particular views regarding Christianity and our political theory.

I look forward to doing this podcast once a week.  We will be getting in the very same conversations that we have on this website, we have some interviews lined up, and the next several months are dedicated to building this podcast into something more professionally produced and planned. I need some practice! But for now, it is to be relaxed, laid back, and spontaneous in its content…

This podcast is sort of a “trial run” to get out all of the kinks and to make sure everything is working fine. The first official podcast will be next Friday.  Also, this one is quite long, and I hope to generally keep the podcast length to about 30 minutes in the future. That’s what trial runs are for though.

So consider this your announcement that The Reformed Libertarian now has a podcast. Good times my friends.



A Request from The Reformed Libertarian

C.Jay Engel, editor of ReformedLibertarian.com, is celebrating his blog’s three-year anniversary, and he has a request for his readers:

TRL headIt’s been three years since I started this blog, two years since I bought the domain, and one year since I shifted the site from a small WordPress blog to a GoDaddy hosted site.  And just this year, we hit our record for daily visits: over 2,500 in one day! Not too shabby for a small time, before-and-after work hobby.  Meanwhile, Brandon Adams, whom I consider my co-editor by now (without his permission to title him such), has taken up an applaudable amount of hours in helping me articulate and develop both our stance on things like theonomy, and, perhaps where he has been the most helpful to far more people than just myself, in the realm of the difficult doctrine of Covenant Theology.

We released three essay-length ebooks so far this year, all them are available for free on pdf.  I am about 85% done now with The Reformed Libertarian Manifesto, and Brandon and I are continuing to work toward a fall release of a full critique of theonomy, beyond the comments we have already made on the topic…

As we look now at another year, and all the things that are coming including the two books, many more essays, and even possibly a podcast (I bought all the equipment I need and at present, it is starring down at me from the top of my desk.  *Turns chair around to face the other direction*), I am grateful that I have a public outlet to voice my own thoughts and to continue to learn things.

However, it should go without saying that doing this isn’t totally without financial cost. In the next month I am anticipating needing to raise money for the following things:

-Annual WordPress package which includes my site theme, the special additions to this theme that we have access to because of the package, Google analytics, the unlimited storage space, and other related benefits. The cost for this is just over $300.

-Annual GoDaddy hosting package is about $50.

-For both our coming books, we have a copy editor that we will be using. Hopefully, the Reformed Libertarian Manifesto book will be completed at the end of May and sent over to him for review. When he does his work on both this book and the Theonomy Critique, it will cost around $1,000 or so.

The above, plus the podcast equipment, plus the books that I order, read, and review for this site makes me realize that through this summer, I will be spending more than $1,700 on the site (plus other unforeseen expenses). I would do it even if nobody donated. Why? Because I love it. It has become part of who I am. I have become known as “The Reformed Libertarian.”  I share the total amount and some of the breakdown only for the purposes of being transparent, so that you know where any money that you donate will be going.

This is my formal request: if you have the financial means, something left over from your budget this month, I would be honored if you could help me out on the projects related to this site. You should know I demand nothing from you and everyone is welcome to continue to read and enjoy this site. Even if no one donates, it will go on. But it would be monumentally helpful if I could share in the cost for some of these things. I do this every year.

This year, my goal is to raise $1,000 out of the above estimates for my expenses. Every little bit helps, whether it is $5, $25, or $100. Or somewhere in between. If you can donate, you can click here for the Paypal link (the link is also on the front page, right hand side). 

As more readers show up everyday to check out the website, I realize that there is actual interest here; there are people who really want to know about the intersections of Reformed theology and Libertarian polity. I thank you for being part of that, whether financial or otherwise.

If you have any questions about any of this whatsoever, please email me at reformedlibertarian@gmail.com

Thank you so much everyone!

–C.Jay Engel; editor and creator

Read the full post with more details about what C.Jay has been up to here.

Free PDF/MOBI/EPUB | $/£0.99 Kindle: “An Essay on the Kingdom of Christ” by Abraham Booth

An announcement from C.Jay Engel and Brandon Adams, over at ReformedLibertarian.com:

We are happy to announce that Abraham Booth’s 18th century “Essay on the Kingdom of Christ” is now available on Amazon.com as an ebook [ $0.99 | £0.99 ] or here in PDF format (FREE and now .modi and .ePub format ). We have edited and reformatted the book for ebook publication. This essay has been quite influential in the development of our own thoughts regarding the nature of the kingdom of heaven, as distinct and set apart from the earthy and temporal kingdoms of this world. We hope you get as much from it as we did.

Essay on the Kingdom of Christ Booth

An Essay on the Kingdom of Christ [Kindle Edition]
by Abraham Booth

$0.99 | £0.99 ]


boothAbraham Booth (1734-1806) was a confessional particular baptist pastor in England. He wrote “An Essay on the Kingdom of Christ” in 1783 as a commentary on the Church of England. His essay builds upon an inherited foundation of baptist covenant theology known today as 1689 Federalism.

In Booth’s essay, the glory of the kingdom of Christ shines brightly as he distinguishes it from every kingdom on earth, including the “Israelitish Theocracy.” His was a day in which ideas mattered, and his ideas, shared by others, as representative of a long covenantal tradition, had significant consequences in America, and eventually throughout the world. Today is still a day in which ideas matter, because ideas always matter. Our hope is that Booth’s essay will aid you in thinking upon Christ and his kingdom as you sojourn on this earth.


Print Length: 78 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Reformed Libertarian (April 8, 2015)
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

You may read the Foreword here, or in the PDF below along with the entire essay:

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C.Jay Engel & Brandon Adams’ in-depth analysis of ‘The Theonomy Debate’ McDurmon v. Hall [25 Page PDF | HTML] + forthcoming Reformed Libertarian publications

mcdurben hall theonomy debate

Over at ReformedLibertarian.com, C.Jay Engel & Brandon Adams have prepared and written an in-depth analysis of the McDurmon v Hall ‘Theonomy Debate’.


Table of Contents:

  1. Intro and Overview
  2. The Classic Threefold Division
  3. Rutherford, the WCF, and Practical vs. Hermeneutical Theonomy
  4. General Equity vs Particular Equity
  5. William Perkins and General Equity
  6. Old Covenant Abolished
  7. Are They Just?
  8. Particular Baptist Theonomists?
  9. Conclusion
C.Jay Engel
C.Jay Engel

Here are some snippets from their conclusion:

In conclusion, we strongly agree with Hall when he said, “By what other standard? By God’s standard alone. That statement alone does not make you a theonomist. It just makes you a Christian with a biblical worldview.” …Our position that God’s revelation is the standard should be more than obvious…

In all the above, there was no comment on whether McDurmon or Hall outperformed the other. We express no official statement about whether they could have done better or been better prepared or whether one was “ready” to meet his opponents arguments. That is up for the viewer to decide. What we wanted to do was detail our own understanding of the debated issues and demonstrate where we think the theonomist position is weak. There is so much about theonomy in general that we did not have the space to address…

Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams

[I]t is our prayer that both sides of this debate would take the time to understand the nuances in the opposing camp, and look for opportunities to better comprehend the precise nature of their critic’s position, rather than rely on inaccuracies and misleading statements that have been previously written in earlier decades.

At this point in their conclusion they announce some upcoming publications that they are working on:

17 century booksThe question that often comes after it is stated that we reject the theonomic understanding of the mosaic civil law is: “if not theonomy, then what?” What other civil law ought we to have. This is a great question and we encourage you to read our upcoming publication entitled “The Reformed Libertarian Manifesto,” in which we, in detail, demonstrate our own positive theory on the questions of law and politics based on, of course, the starting point of God’s revealed Scripture. Following this publication, we anticipate that there will be a book sized release, on Amazon.com of our rejection of theonomy. The title of this book is “By God’s Standard: A Confessional Baptist Rejection of Theonomy.” You can sign up to receive updates on both of these books here

25-Page PDF:

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New England Reformed Baptists & the Historical Foundations of American Liberty [Engel]

CJay Engel, The Reformed (Baptist) Libertarian
CJay Engel, The Reformed (Baptist) Libertarian

Blogging at Reformed Libertarian, CJay Engel summarizes and comments on Ronald Baines’ recent JIRBS piece:

This year’s Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (JIRBS) featured an important essay written by Pastor Ronald Baines entitled “Separating God’s Two Kingdoms: Two Kingdom Theology among New England Baptist in the Early Republic.”  The relevance of the essay to this site is profound.  The Two Kingdom/Neo-Kuyperian debate has swept through the Reformed Christian world lately and the impact that this topic has on Christians and their political theory is surely obvious.  This debate is not new.  As Baines shows in the essay, this very struggle among Christians was present during the years contemporary to the birth of the United States.


JIRBS 2014Baines begins by pointing to the story of “Daniel Merrill, pastor of the Baptist Church in Sedwick, Maine” who was educated as a paedobaptist (infant baptism) and only later, after seeking to refute the credobaptist (“believer’s baptism”) position, became a Regular Baptist (Calvinistic Baptists were called “Regular Baptists” to distinguish them from “General Baptists” who were Arminians).  The reason why Baines starts here is for the purpose of showing the striking difference between the Baptist and the paedobaptist in their understanding of the kingdom of God.  In today’s world, often the difference between the believer’s baptism position and the infant baptism position seems surface level and a bit trivial, a small detail among others.  But one must never fail to look beyond the surface to the underlying foundations of a church sacrament like baptism.  The two positions are not chosen arbitrarily and without purpose.  There is an important and elemental distinction in regards to the nature of God’s kingdom and His covenants with men.

Pastor Ron Baines
Pastor Ron Baines

Using the history presented by Baines as a launchpad, Engel makes some ties between the beliefs of early American Baptists and the aims of his own website, Reformed Libertarian:

The Reformed Libertarian vision seeks to expand on the good work of these Christians who maintained that the kingdom of God will not –indeed cannot — be furthered by the use of coercion in society.  The Moral law is the standard by which God, the great and ultimate and holy Judge will measure the righteousness of his human creation.  For those who are not in Christ, judgement is yet to come; and Christ has already received that wrath for all who believe.  Let not the State seek to play the role of Christ by aiming to uphold the Moral Law of God in civil society.  Nor should it uphold Israel’s Judicial Law.  Such would be a theological impossibility.  This is the vision of the Reformed Libertarian.

You can read the entire post here [9 min. readout] .