Editor’s Introduction: Government

Recently in the United States, the debate about the size, scope and role of government has become a contentious issue. While some argue for “limited” government, others call for a more “expansive” role for government. In this issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, one writer provides an historical overview of the ways in Lutherans have understood government and its role, while the other writer explores the possibilities for tax reform grounded in a certain understanding of the role of government.