Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic [1:51]


This short video discusses the Max Weber’s theory of the Protestant Work Ethic.  Starting with a comparison of most religions before the Protestant Reformation, the narrator discusses Calvinism and predestination.  He then introduces Weber’s theory of how these beliefs drove a unique work ethic that fueled capitalism.

Discussion Questions

  • What did Weber say that most religions were like concerning work and “earthly affairs” before the Reformation?
  • What is Predestination?  How did it end up driving capitalism, according to Weber?
  • How might you sum up the Protestant Work Ethic?

Keywords: Protestantism, Christianity, work ethic, history, America, United States, culture, economics, sociology, religion,


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