Religion and economic action : the Protestant ethic, the rise of capitalism, and the abuses of scholarship

@article{Samuelsson1993ReligionAE,
  title={Religion and economic action : the Protestant ethic, the rise of capitalism, and the abuses of scholarship},
  author={K. Samuelsson and D. C. Coleman},
  journal={Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
  year={1993},
  volume={34},
  pages={126}
}
The idea that capitalism grew out of Puritan values, as unlikely as it seems, has aroused much interest among economic historians. First proposed by Max Weber, the hypothesis gained wide acceptance through the writings of R.H. Tawney. In this bold and hard-hitting essay, Samuelsson cuts through the controversy and convincingly challenges Weber's hypothesis and many of Tawney's theories. His vigorous reassessment of the spirit and ethics of both capitalism and Puritanism effectively dismantles… Expand
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