Social SciencesThe ‘Protestant Work Ethic’ Really Does Fight Poverty
How Christian discipleship affects household income.
Lincoln Lau and Bruce Wydick
Before World War I, German sociologist Max Weber famously linked the work ethic of Protestant Christians to the economic development of Europe. The “spirit of capitalism,” he argued, was sparked by Martin Luther’s emphasis on calling and his argument that “worldly” labor was no less holy than the ascetic “spiritual” practices of monks and priests.
Puritans and other Calvinists, he said, later recast that labor as an ascetic practice itself—working was ...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Christian discipleship affects household income