Christian Moral Enforcement : From Confession of Sins to Self-Service

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Adam Smith argued that the Catholic ‘superstition’ of confessing sins to priests was exploitative. For Max Weber, it was also inferior to Calvinist predestination, which, by indirectly motivating self-examination, encouraged self-control and economic growth, a thesis extensively discussed at the macroeconomic level. This article looks at the microanalytics… (More)

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