Religion and social change

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  • Religion and social change
    • Weber: religion as a force for change
      • Weber in the protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism argues that the religious beliefs of calvinism helped to bring about major social change- the emergence of modern capitalism in Northern Europe.
      • Modern capitalism is unique because itis based on the systematic, efficient, rational pursuit of profit for its own sake, rather than for spending on luxuries. Weber calls this the spirit of capitalism.
      • Tawney: argues that a technological change not religious ideas, first led to capitalism. The bourgeoisie then adopted Calvinist beliefs to legitimate their pursuit it of economic gain.
      • The spirit had unconscious similarity to the Calvinists beliefs and attitudes. Calvinism had several distinctive beliefs.


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