Religion and Capitalism Essay by Master Researcher

Religion and Capitalism
An analysis of religion and the rise of capitalism drawing on the opinions of Robert Heilbroner, Karl Polonyi, R.H Tawney and Max Weber.
# 42603 | 1,400 words | 6 sources | 2002 | US

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This paper will discuss, from their influence, Robert Heilbroner, Karl Polonyi, R.H Tawney, and Max Weber, although in different ways, how revolutionary were the changes in Western social relations, attitudes, and values that were brought about by the rise of capitalism and its "spirit" and/or religion. It will also, seek to answer, in this focus, the way that capitalism was created from the spirit of religious beliefs an more correctly so, the Christian help to focus the creation of capitalism on the universal scale that we see it now. This paper will ask: In what ways and to what extent did religion, both Christian and non-Christian (e.g., religions tied to archaic economies of gift), oppose the rise of capitalism? In what ways and to what extent, if any has such opposition been justifiable? In what ways and to what extent did religion foster the rise of capitalism?

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