Introduction to "What about Taxes"
 The September issue of Journal of Lutheran Ethics is devoted to issues that Christians have debated since Christ turned over the Tiberian coin: How should Christians respond to taxation by their secular governments? This month's contributors approach the question "What about Taxes?" from various angles.
 William Ross probes what is distinctively Lutheran in Lutheran communities' responses to state taxation for the common welfare from nineteenth-century Germany and Scandinavia to modern American Lutheran church statements.
 Scott Schul explores the Lutheran tax principles in the ELCA's social statement "Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All" (1999).
 J.R. Clark and Robert Lawson give an economist's perspective on the question: To whom does wealth belong? They discuss why private property is important for strong economies and what equity means in tax systems.
 Robert Tuttle catalogues tax exemptions available to churches and their programs, and poses ethical questions about when Christian institutions should accept available tax advantages.
 Finally, Barry Holland, a Christian tax professional, explores analogies in commitment to and interpretation of the Bible and the Internal Revenue Code.
© September 2007
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 7, Issue 9