Render Unto Caesar

Matthew 22:15-22 is one of those “proof-texts” that opponents of Reformed Libertarianism like to throw at us from time to time. “Taxation is theft, you say? Well what about when Jesus said to Render Unto Caesar? Huh?”

This tricky passage can be difficult to answer. What ARE we to make of this passage? Here’s one analysis. This was written by Rocco Stanzione and published to Altar & Throne in 2016. I recently discovered that that site is currently down (though the admin intends to restore it soon), so with permission, I have re-published the article here. Enjoy:

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Public Goods is Fatally Flawed

The supposed freeloader problem of “public goods” is fatally flawed.

The argument goes that government is needed to provide public goods that have free access to everyone because when there’s no way to exclude non-payers from using a good nobody will profit off of its production, and so nobody will have the incentive to produce it. The classic example of this is roads. #MuhRoads

Not only does this argument appeal to the fatally flawed ethical philosophies of Pragmatism and Utilitarianism, but it also ignores 3 things:

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