Thank you for your reply, Claude. We have many points of agreement, particularly about distrust of a centralized government to control our wealth.

Admittedly, this is hardly my best-researched piece. It's mostly a rant on the Bible passages used by Ralph Drollinger and others to advance their ideology. My counter-arguments were done for the sake of rhetoric. They don't necessarily reflect my personal beliefs.

If anything, I prescribe to Professor Bart Ehrman's understanding of early Christianity. Christ thought his present order was about to imminently be replaced by God's Kingdom, so he taught his followers to give everything to the poor. Jesus cared nothing about tax policies. "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars."

Shaolin student, Zen practitioner, Agile enthusiast, an atheist who’s nostalgic for his Christian days, losing sleep over the state of democracy