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Once this spirit and capitalism became established, this spirit and manner of operation were imposed on others. At the same time it expresses a type of feeling which is closely connected with certain religious ideas. While Marx's historical materialism held that all human institutions — including religion — were based on economic foundations, many have seen The Protestant Ethic as turning this theory on its head by implying that a religious movement fostered capitalism, not the other way around. These were later collected together , and a new introduction published by Weber. And, secondly, in Grossman's own work showing how this "bloody legislation" against those who had been put off their land was effected across Europe and especially in France. Calvinism; Monasticism vs. The word ascetic refers to self denial or self discipline, perhaps abstinence, austerity, or religious self denial. Effect of Worldly Asceticism Weber notes that in the medieval world, asceticism drove the individual farther and farther from everyday life. This is the crucial development, the spirit of capitalism, "the rational pursuit of gain" Adams and Sydie, p. Since this caused suffering on the part of the individual, two forms of pastoral advice were given. That is, there was a clash between ideas of "deference and patronage on the one hand, and an attitude of economic individualism on the other. Here we have only attempted to trace the fact and the direction of its influence to their motives in one, though a very important point. A person living according to this world view was more likely to accumulate money. The idea of comfort characteristically limits the extent of ethically permissible expenditures. Basic concepts[ edit ] Although not a detailed study of Protestantism but rather an introduction to Weber's later studies of interaction between various religious ideas and economics The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism , The Religion of India: The Sociology of Hinduism and Buddhism , and Ancient Judaism , The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism argues that Puritan ethics and ideas influenced the development of capitalism.

By founding its ethic in the doctrine of predestination, it substituted for the spiritual aristocracy of monks outside of and above the world the spiritual aristocracy of the predestined saints of God within the world.

English Mercantilist writers of the seventeenth century attributed the superiority of Dutch capital to English to the circumstance that newly acquired wealth there did not regularly seek investment in land.

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Perhaps it will so determine them until the last ton of fossilized coal is burnt. Puritanism is a religious movement, consisting of multiple sects, which historically derived from radical opposition against the Church of England.

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The Jews stood on the side of the politically and speculatively oriented adventurous capitalism; their ethos was, in a word, that of pariah-capitalism.

This attitude is well-noted in certain classes which have endured religious education, especially of a Pietist background.

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This is perhaps most characteristically brought out in the struggle over the Book of Sports which James I and Charles I made into law expressly as a means of counteracting Puritanism, and which the latter ordered to be read from all the pulpits. Moreover, a unique genius like Rembrandt, however little his conduct may have been acceptable to God in the eyes of the Puritans, was very strongly influenced in the character of his work by his religious environment. How strong this influence was is not, unfortunately, susceptible to exact statistical demonstration. Luther made an early endorsement of Europe's emerging divisions. Labour is, on the one hand, an approved ascetic technique, as it always has been in the Western Church, in sharp contrast not only to the Orient but to almost all monastic rules the world over. Of course, the words of the Old Testament were not entirely without ambiguity. With that, on the other hand, it combined the certainty which, though incidental for Calvin, came to be of great importance for Puritanism, that God would bless His own in this life — in the book of Job only — and also in the material sense. Weber points to the permanent state of psychological tension, the Puritan is living under. The treatment of labour as a calling became as characteristic of the modern worker as the corresponding attitude toward acquisition of the business man. The more there is of it, the more it produces every turning, so that the profits rise quicker and quicker. Puritanism; Methodical Ethic; Idea of Proof.

Weber argues that social, political and particularly economic life in the United States is decisively shaped by Protestant sects — more precisely, Puritan sects. But it is, of course, not my aim to substitute for a one-sided materialistic an equally one-sided spiritualistic causal interpretation of culture and of history.

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Wealth as such is a great danger; its temptations never end and its pursuit is not only senseless as compared with the dominating importance of the Kingdom of God, but it is morally suspect.

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Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism