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Introduction to Sociological Theory - Lecture 10

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Unformatted text preview: of Luther's Doctrine All people are called to the service of God Performing daily activities including their work to the best of their abilities 2 consequences: 1st- it made Lutherans acutely aware of the significance of their daily activitiesmake certain they are not doing anything simple 2nd- encourage Lutherans to serve God by being very dedicated to their work people put everything into their work- business is benefiting from this- fulfilling their calling by working very hard for God- developed a strong work ethic which helped capitalist enterprises to grow 3.) The Impact of Calvin's Doctrine All things are predetermined by God in the beginning of things God already knows who will be saved and who will be damned For Calvinist's, this was an uncomfortable situation started looking for some indication that they had been saved Congregation wanted them to focus on their work Material success through work came to be seen as a sign of salvation The belief system developed other valuable points: came to believe material success and the resulting wealth had to be acquired and handled in the proper way people has to work hard to earn material success and had to be frugal (do not spend wealth that you acquire)- the wealth you acquire and profits you own would be plowed back into enterprises; this is essential to capitalist activity 4.) What did Weber Conclude> Concluded that Luther's doctrine and Calvin's doctrine encourage a strong work ethic among protestants Weber concluded...
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