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I am thrilled to announce that Brian Jacobson helped me out in hosting this episode and the hope here is that he will be able to do this pretty consistently. Brian writes regularly here at TRL and I always look forward to reading what he has to say.

We had a blast talking to Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr!  Sproul-JrDr. Sproul is the rector of theology and chair of philosophy and theology at Reformation Bible College, and a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. Dr. Sproul is author of several books, including Biblical Economics, a pastor of Ascension Presbyterian Church, and hosts the daily podcast Jesus Changes Everything.

In this episode, we discussed with Dr. Sproul some of his background in economics and political theory, how he became interested in it, and why Christians should know Austrian economics. We had him comment on the nature of economics, he said a few things about foreign policy, and also about the relationship between Christianity and liberty; and he even gave a friendly jab toward “anarchist” ideals (which we may comment on later).  We were able to integrate some of the questions that you readers had provided for us, but not all of them. Which simply means we will have to have him back on!

Here are some of the resources we mentioned in this podcast:

Dr. Sproul’s Podcasts and Articles:

Dictating Cuba

American Empire

It’s Just War

The Problem with Prisons

Books:

The Law by Frederic Bastiat

Not Yours to Give by Davy Crockett

Economics on One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Human Action by Ludwig von Mises

The Anti-Capitalist Mentality by Ludwig von Mises

An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought by Murray Rothbard

People:

Hans Sennholz

Ludwig von Mises

Walter Williams

Israel Kirzner

Murray Rothbard

Ron Paul

Other:

The Austrian School of Economics

Law of Marginal Utility

Subjective Theory of Value

Related Articles:

A Christian Perspective on Murray Rothbard’s “Why be Libertarian?”

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  • RA Jameson

    Thanks CJay and Brian, great conversation with Dr. Sproul Jr….and what an engaging guest. I loved everything about the interview with 2 exceptions, that we will not flesh out here:
    1) His defense of Just War is based on consequentialism and not Scriptura.
    2) He misrepresents anarchy and voluntaryism…again on the grounds of consequentialism.

    The reformed position is built upon a deontological ethic, yet for whatever reason Sproul deviates from the script on these 2 issues, and correct me if I’m wrong, but it appeared that you agreed with him. Certainly that seemed the case on jus ad bellum.

    Overall, great program and I will certainly tune in to more episodes in the future.

    • Brian K. Jacobson

      Thanks for the feedback, we will have that in mind in future episodes where we will flesh our beliefs out a little more. This was simply a “get to know the guest” type interview and we’re less concerned that everything they say is what and how we would say it, maybe we’ll touch on those topics in later episodes or respond in writing. I know to your 1st point we have talked personally about this before but I, and believe CJ as well, agree with the principles behind Just War Theory even if some modern theorist are junk. This is probably just something me and you disagree on. We are not pacifists and I think Sproul was right about a just war being when war is brought to you. In regards to #2 I think, as does CJ, that a private property society or private law society is the ideal, I don’t like the terms anarcho-capitalist or voluntaryism, but again that wasn’t our point in the interview, it was getting to be very long, and we want to respect our guest. To me it sounded like he was responding to a very prevalent type of volountaryist who is against authority, hierarchy, and coercion persay, which we are not. I really didn’t see much point in quibbling about the 1% of things we might disagree on or the way it is argued at that point. Its still good for everybody to hear all the arguments especially from someone that we agree with on so much. To be clear at the end I was agreeing with his point that we are living under liberty without Christ. Again, thanks for the feedback.

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