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To challenge and rethink our paradigms for understanding society, by applying reformed theology and philosophy to politics, religion, and culture, in order to encourage individual freedom and responsibility within our own spheres of influence.

Mere Liberty is about liberty at its most fundamental core. It’s stripping away the rhetoric that we’ve become accustomed to hearing and challenging the paradigms that face us today.

Mere Liberty is not about politics per se, rather it’s about the philosophies (and theology) behind the problems presented in politics and culture. Challenging the manner in which we see these problems will push us to think beyond mere political solutions that in effect isolate us from own responsibility, and eschewing responsibility means relinquishing our associated freedoms.

Dare to Think | Mere Liberty Podcast Kerry Baldwin

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To challenge and rethink our paradigms for understanding society, by applying reformed theology and philosophy to politics, religion, and culture, in order to encourage individual freedom and responsibility within our own spheres of influence.

Mere Liberty is about liberty at its most fundamental core. It’s stripping away the rhetoric that we’ve become accustomed to hearing and challenging the paradigms that face us today.

Mere Liberty is not about politics per se, rather it’s about the philosophies (and theology) behind the problems presented in politics and culture. Challenging the manner in which we see these problems will push us to think beyond mere political solutions that in effect isolate us from own responsibility, and eschewing responsibility means relinquishing our associated freedoms.

    Thinking Well in High Stakes Situations

    Thinking Well in High Stakes Situations

    Thinking Well in High Stakes Situations| Show Notes Summary It's easy to believe high stakes situations - like a pandemic - create an imperative to act first. But this is false! We cannot take purposeful action, or well-reasoned action without thinking first. This is counterintuitive to most us. When we're under pressure to make a life-altering decisions, it's easy to believe a "shoot first, ask questions later" approach might work well. But especially when dealing with complex problems that affect us in various way, high stakes situations create an imperative to think first - before acting! To compound the issue, getting others to make particular decisions in similar situations means we are left with the power of persuasion. This is what makes life difficult. It's not only that we experience problems, but those problems are dynamic, and we cannot use force against others to make decisions we want them to.
    In this episode of Dare to Think, I've republished a discussion I had with Doug Stuart at the Libertarian Christian Institute. We're discussing the courses I teach online at mereliberty.com about how to build and develop the skills of thinking well. Join me, Kerry Baldwin as we Dare to Think about the importance of thinking well in high stakes situations.

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    Main Points of Discussion 01:49 Intro; Human Action - Do groups act?
    05:53 Can people do things without thinking?
    09:36 What do we mean by high stakes?
    15:32 High stakes decisions and imperatives to make a decision
     20:25 How should we treat experts and are they making decisions for us?
    27:57 Why we can't take action without thinking first?
    30:20 Final thoughts
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    • 33 min
    Mistaken Christian Views of Culture

    Mistaken Christian Views of Culture

    Mistaken Christian Views of Culture | Show Notes Summary American Christians are no stranger to the idea of culture. But there are number of ways in which they treat the Christian's relation to culture poorly. Some mistaken Christian views of culture are derived from two broader theoretical views: Scholasticism and Theonomy. This is part two of my interview with Gregory Baus. Listen to part one here: Rethinking a Reformed Christian View of Culture
    In Scholastic views, for example, the tendency is to view culture as distinct and separate from matters of faith. This often leads to the view that secularism is not only a thing, but a thing to be wary of. It's "worldly" and therefore not something to participate in. In Theonomic views, culture is something to be conquered by counter revolution. Old testament laws are brought forward to the new covenant era as a means of enforcing "cultural Christianity" through the sword.
    Out of these any number of nuances emerge. But we see both this views to be erroneous.
    In this episode, I discuss these mistaken views with Gregory Baus, and discuss a neocalvinist view of culture.
    Featured Guest Bio | Gregory Baus Gregory Baus is a student of the Reformational/neocalvinist philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd. A former international English teacher; he’s currently living in the US and writing a Master’s thesis on the topic of self-knowledge. (There’s a link to his profile in the show notes). Gregory became a libertarian anarchist in 2008 and we collaborated together on the statement, “What is Reformed Anarchism?” written in 2020
    See his full profile: https://sites.google.com/site/ideolog/
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    Main Points of Discussion [01:52] Scholastic errors and the myth of religious neutrality
    [03:44] Is this secularism?
    [04:10] The neocalvinist view
    [06:43] What about 'cultural Christianity?
    [09:09] Theonomic errors
    [15:22] Is neocalvinist "transformationalism" also unbiblical?
    [19:57] Does Christian cultural activity matter "as living sacrifices" or is it all in vain?
    [25:53] Gregory mentions discussion with PCA pastor Nate Xanders on the Reformed Anarchism statement
    Resource Links What is Reformed Anarchism?
    https://www.academia.edu/44884160/What_is_Reformed_anarchism
    Dialogue with PCA Pastor Nate Xanders on Reformed Anarchism
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwrDNUO5MDu-56FIiArhzVisvc1TayOFS

    • 28 min
    Rethinking a Reformed Christian View of Culture

    Rethinking a Reformed Christian View of Culture

    Rethinking a Reformed Christian View of Culture | Show Notes Summary Culture is important since it’s the second most important thing we can do as humans: love our neighbor. But how exactly does this play out. Evangelicalism has tried to create a “moral majority” through various political activities. But this politicization of our cultural activity has led to unending “culture wars.” This hyperbolic metaphor has caused divisions among political lines.
    What if Evangelicals got it wrong? What if norms for culture are written into the fabric of reality itself? How does Adam and Eve’s fall into sin affect these norms? And what if the conventional wisdom from leading evangelical figures – on both the left and right – have complicated the question? How should we think of culture and our activity in it? How might we challenge prevailing paradigms of culture toward a free and prosperous society?
    In this episode, I discuss these questions and more with Gregory Baus, my co-collaborating on the statement of principles, What is Reformed Anarchism?
    Featured Guest Bio | Gregory Baus Gregory Baus is a student of the Reformational/neocalvinist philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd. A former international English teacher; he’s currently living in the US and writing a Master’s thesis on the topic of self-knowledge. (There’s a link to his profile in the show notes). Gregory became a libertarian anarchist in 2008 and we collaborated together on the statement, “What is Reformed Anarchism?” written in 2020
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    Main Points of Discussion 1:47 Introduction to the Reformed Anarchism statement, what is meant by ‘anarchism’?
    7:24 What is ‘culture’?
    11:48 Why is it important to have a proper understanding of culture?
    15:02 What is a Reformed Christian view of culture?
    19:07 What is subjective sanctification?
    23:51 Does, “be fruitful and multiply,” only refer to procreation and the family?
    Next episode: Common mistaken views: Scholasticism and Theonomy. And what about neocalvinism and transformationalism?
    Resource Links What is Reformed Anarchism?
    https://www.academia.edu/44884160/What_is_Reformed_anarchism
    Dialogue with PCA Pastor Nate Xanders on Reformed Anarchism
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwrDNUO5MDu-56FIiArhzVisvc1TayOFS

    • 30 min
    Interpersonal Communication, A Dialogue with Antony Sammeroff

    Interpersonal Communication, A Dialogue with Antony Sammeroff

    Interpersonal Communication, A Dialogue with Antony Sammeroff | Show Notes It's very easy to think of libertarianism and the principle of self-ownership as being an extreme form of individualism. In fact, cynics of libertarian thought chide libertarians for being atomistic, selfish, egotistical, and the like. While any student of libertarian philosophy knows these accusations are baseless, other self-described libertarians may have difficulty relating ideas like self-ownership to relationships. 
    This is for any kind of relationship - whether platonic, romantic, or more indirect like with the state. Antony Sammeroff and Kerry Baldwin dialogue about the importance of good communication skills, why most of us don't have them, what the consequences have been on a societal scale, and how we can start making changes for the good. 
    Antony Sammeroff co-hosts the Scottish Liberty Podcast and has featured prominently on other libertarian themed shows including The Tom Woods Show, Lions of Liberty, School Sucks Podcast, and many more. His book Universal Basic Income — For and Against (with a foreword by Robert P. Murphy) is available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle. Subscribe to his Substack here: https://psychosocial.substack.com/ 
    Resources Mentioned Placating People by Antony Sammeroff
    6 Reasons Why People Communicate ... Can You Name Them?  by Antony Sammeroff
    Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall Rosenberg (Affiliate Link)
    How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber

    Who's Pulling Your Strings?: How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life by Dr. Harriet Braiker

    Harsh Nazi Parenting Guidelines May Still Affect German Children of Today by Anne Kratzer 


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    • 42 min
    Daniel 3 Podcast Interview - Abuse and the Church

    Daniel 3 Podcast Interview - Abuse and the Church

    Kerry Baldwin on Abuse, Sphere Sovereignty | Show Notes Summary In this episode, Jacob Winograd invites Kerry Baldwin to discuss some cultural aspects of relationship from a Reformed and anarchist perspective. Winograd is concerned is the church is failing to “be the church” as a means of societal preservation (Matt 5:13-16). We begin with a description of sphere sovereignty as formulated in the statement on Reformed Anarchism. Sphere sovereignty is a concept articulated in neocalvinism from Dutch theologian, Abraham Kuyper, and Reformational philosopher, Herman Dooyeweerd. This sets the stage for our discussion on the institutions of the family, church, and the state, the proper understanding of these institutions, and how abuse arise within them.
    Main Points of Discussion 02:11  Salt & Light? What is Sphere Sovereignty and how does it relate to culture? 05:40  What is the Christian institution of marriage? Unity and diversity in the Body of Christ, submission, analogy of Christ and Bride, self-love, 17:14  Distinctions of roles between husband and wife in marriage; Eternal Subordination of the Son, gender distinctions in egalitarianism, homemaking, patriarchalism, 24:19  Wifely submission, Does the wife submit to everything a husband demands? Marital rape, compelling obedience, equivalent error in Romans 13, monopolization of marriage 30:52  Divorce; Does God hate divorce?  35:47  Abusive relationships, church scandals, the secular overcorrection of victimhood, feminism and revenge, matriarchy, parachurch organizations 40:47  The church’s job is to preach the Gospel! We’re looking forward to the Christ’s coming kingdom Resource Links What is Reformed Anarchism?
    Daniel 3 Podcast – Interview with Gregory Baus
    What is Feminism in Simple Terms?
    What is Christian Love?
    Life-Saving Divorce by Gretchen Baskerville
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    • 43 min
    What Cuban Liberty Means for Global Liberty

    What Cuban Liberty Means for Global Liberty

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    Resources Mentioned: Music: Patria y Vida – Yotuel , @Gente De Zona , @Descemer Bueno , Maykel Osorbo , El Funky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP9Bto5lOEQ 
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I always enjoy what Kerry has to say even if I don't always agree with everything she has to say, and I appreciate the way she challenges my thoughts and helps me to think deeply about difficult issues.

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