A theological rationale for government: Human depravity necessitates accountability

The frightening downturn on Wall Street has caused even some staunch antigovernment pundits to begin rethinking their assumption that all government regulation is bad. That is a rethinking this country desperately needs.

In the early 1980s I worked with a man who would go on to be a prominent figure in the Christian right. He was my first close acquaintance who believed that all taxation was suspect. Indeed, for him the very idea of government was suspect.

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