The tax-exempt status of Churches is becoming a major controversy in the United States. Many are asking the question: What right does the Church have to be exempt from taxation anyway? Of course a matter such as taxation or exemption of the Church is first of all a historical question. One has to look at the historical context in order to give a proper interpretation of our present status. It is clear that religiously, culturally, legally, politically, etc. the American colonies are the direct extension of Medieval, Christian Europe—particularly as this tradition was mediated through the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and the Puritan movement of the late 16th and 17th centuries.

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