Protestant work ethic

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Andrew Golden Mr. Gruskin AP American History 18 October 2006 Protestant Work Ethics, a History In the early sixteenth century John Calvin and Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar who became unhappy with the Catholic Church, led the Protestant reformation, a period of religious and political upheaval in Western Europe, which brought with it a new perspective on work. The reformation itself allowed for the emergence of the four important divisions of the Catholic Church, which include the Lutheran, reformed Calvinist Presbyterian, Anabaptist, and Anglican Churches. The Protestants stressed the importance of hard work and believed that great success in life was a hint of predestined salvation after death. The Protestants believed that people should serve God through their work, that job occupations were necessary, that work created a social hierarchy, and that people should work assiduously at their job. They also believed that performing any job other than that to which they were born to was against God's laws. Since the time of its genesis in post-Reformation Europe, the Protestant work ethic has emphasized the need for constant and hard labor, which hinted that one was predestined for personal salvation. Martin Luther led the reformation and other Protestants to portray work as a duty in the
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