From the April, 2009 issue of Touchstone
God & Robbers by Patrick Henry Reardon

God & Robbers

Patrick Henry Reardon on Human & Divine Property Rights

The principle of the ownership of property is complex.

First, as Christians we should insist that it is rooted in the biblical concepts of the person and the family. According to Christian teaching about the nature of human beings, they have a strict metaphysical right to the things that they work for or have inherited from their parents. Property has a metaphysical root; it is an extension of personality and a proper expression of family.

God-Given Right

Ownership of property is not a concession of the government. Indeed, governments exist for the purpose of protecting the metaphysical, God-given rights of the . . .


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