In the Protestant ethic and spirit of capitalism weber argues that calvinist protestant in England in the 17th century had a crucial role in creating the meaning and motivation necessary (the Spirit go Capitalism) for the development of modern rational capitalism. Here you should focus on spelling out Weber’s account of (1) Martin Luthers ideas of this-worldly calling, (2) John Calvins theology ( the cold of God, the human individual and hope for a this-worldly salvation, and (3) Richard Baxter’s account of the role of wealth in created in this-worldly callings. Finally, make sure you explain why Weber believes that Calvinist Protestant (Calvin and Baxter) through their development of a this-worldly asceticism created the first Spirit of Capitalism.

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