Protestantism and Capitalism Weber

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SOC250Y1 Lecture January 12 2010Connection between Protestantism and CapitalismWeberHow does Weber begin the question of understanding religionsThe distinction between virtuoso and heroic religiosity and mass religiosity Weber recognized that for most people religion is not a full time preoccupation Most people want religion to be there for key events but then there are the few who are deeply spiritual and intensely preoccupied with spiritual questionsCharisma religious charismaticstypically responsible for initiating new movements because of their deep spiritualitythey typically find something inadequate with the existing religionthey will conceive new waysWeber comes up with the idea that religious history is largely the situation where you have charismatic figures that create or transform religious traditions pick up followers their message becomes the new tradition cyclical patternWebers sociological method followers if successful will generate new religious movementongoing tension between charisma and tradition tradition is a social gravity that typically stays there most subscribe to tradition with not much trouble it is the intense virtuoso types that find inadequaciesWeber says you need charisma to challenge tradition because things are set up to preserveReason why extraordinary traits of charismatics are needed to attract followers and challenge traditionCharisma extraordinary traits of character personalitycharisma is a force that ruptures or challenges tradition Overseers translated to bishopsCharisma and its Routinzationkinshipblood disciples office an organizational hierarchy law rituals sacraments and textsThe SectChurch distinctionWeber noted 2 basic religious personality types and thus two ways in which religions are organized
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