Ask a Christian Libertarian...

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

At the beginning of the year, when I asked what sort of people you would like to talk to via our interview series, one of the most popular suggestions was to interview Christians who identified with certain political parties. 

Well, today I’m happy to introduce a Christian Libertarian!

Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira has been a Libertarian for more than ten years, and recently wrote an article for Relevant entitled “The Rise of Christian Libertarians” in which she noted that “the surprising surge of support Ron Paul enjoys from young Americans—and young Christians—suggests that perhaps the Libertarian-leaning aren’t so far off in right field after all.”

Caryn is a writer, speaker, and co-founder of Redbud Writers Guild. She’s the author of Grumble Hallelujah: Learning to Love Life When It Lets You Down (Tyndale House, 2011) and Mama’s Got a Fake I.D.: How to Reveal the Real You Behind All that Mom (Waterbrook, 2009), as well as hundreds of blog posts and magazine articles. Caryn is a regular contributor toChristianity Today’s Her.Meneutics blog and to Re:Frame Media’s Think Christian blog. Her work regularly appears in Relevant and FullFill, along with several other media outlets. Caryn lives outside of Chicago with her husband, three kids and one pit bull. You can visit her Web site at (You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.)  

You know the drill: If you have a question for Caryn, leave it in the comment section. At the end of the day, I’ll pick the top seven or eight questions and send them to Caryn. We'll post her response next week.  Be sure to take advantage of the “like” feature so that we can get a sense of what questions are of most interest to readers.  

Now I know political conversations can get heated, especially during an election year. Please remember the point of our interview series is not to debate or challenge, but to ask the sort of questions that will help us understand one another better. I’ll be monitoring the comment section to make sure the questions are civil and fair.

(You can check out the rest of the interview series—which includes an atheist, a Mormon, a humanitarian, an evolutionary creationist, a Catholic, an Orthodox Jew, a gay Christian, a Muslim, Quaker, and more—here.) 

Ask away!

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