CHAP. 44,"PROTESTANT ETHIC" –WEBER
- Max Weber for example placed the institution of religion at the center of his social
analyses. Weber was particularly concerned with how changes in the institution of
religion of religion influenced changes in other social institutions, especially the
-The selection excerpted here is from Weber argues that the early protestant
worldviews of Calvinism and Puritanism were the primary factors in influencing the
development of a capitalist economic system. Without the Protestant Reformation and
a change in societal values toward rationality, capitalism would not have evolved as
we know it today.
-Even the organization of unfree labour reached a considerable degree of rationality
only on plantations and to a very limited extent in the Ergasteria of antiquity.
-The modern rational organization of the capitalistic enterprise would not have been
possible without two other important factor in its development: the separation of
business from the household, which completely dominates modern economic life, and
closely connected with it, rational bookkeeping.
-The influence of certain religious ideas on the development of an economic spirit, or
the ethos of an economic system.
CHAP. 46, "FAITH AT WORK" - SHORTO
- Max Weber examined how the institutions of religions influenced changes in the
economy, this passage by Russell Shorto investigates this relationship.
- In the US, a growing number of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are
starting businesses they designate to be “Christian” workplaces.
-Chuck Ripka is a moneylender, a mortgage banker, and his institution is way station
for Christ. When he’s not approving mortgages, or rather especially when he is, Ripka
lays his hands on customers and colleagues, bows his head and prays. “Lord I pray
you will bring Matt and Leanie the best buyer for their house so that they have
-The bank opened first as a Christian financial institution, with a bible buried in the
foundation and the words “In God We trust” engraved in the cornerstone. Women
calls the bank and says “ I heard about the Christian bank, I want transfer my money