Berger (2003) argues that Pentecostalism in Latin America encourages the development of capitalism in the same way as Calivinism did in the 16th century Europe.
- Like Calvinism, it demands an ascetic (self denying) way of life, emphasising discipline and hard work. This encourages its members to prosper and become upwardly mobile
- For Berger, something like Protestantism is necessary to promote economic development and raise a society out of poverty. This can be led by an active minority…