Religion has initiated social change - need to finish


Max Weber (Social Action Theorist):

  • Demonstrated how religion could be an angent of social change in refernece to the relationship between the Calvinist protestant tradition and the birth of capitalism.
  • He sought to demonstrate why, in spite of technonology being available in a number of countries, only certain nations went through the Industrial Revolution.
  • He concluded that Calvinists beliefs about predestination (the belief that whether or not you will go to heaven (or hell) was decided at birth) held the key.
  • Calvinists had salvation anxiety (the stress that religious people felt as a result…


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