An Essay on the Economic Effects of the Reformation

An Essay on the Economic Effects of the Reformation

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This work offers a unique perspective on the rise of capitalism and socialism and the effect of the Reformation. Specific topics include consequences of belief in the private judgment of scriptures; separation of spiritual and secular life; difference between Lutheran and Calvinist teachings on economics; the Calvinist concept of vocation; its perception of material success as a sign of divine election; its praise of frugality and disdain for beauty. Also covered is socialism as a reaction to excesses of capitalism; the manner in which Protestantism had strengthened secular authority; diminuation of charity toward the poor following Reformation; materialism underlying socialism abetted by Protestant emphasis on earthly prosperity; egalitarian ideas traceable to Protestantism; and the ease with which socialism blended into Protestant thought. This is a unique work of economic philosophy in that it examines the ideological causes of the economic changes of the period, thus offering a refreshing philosophical perspective rather than merely the mathematical or statistical sides of the question.Indeed the book is really the implicit final volume of Oa#39;Briena#39;s trilogy on the economics of the middle ages: An Essay on Medieval Economic Teaching (1920) , Labour Organisation (1921), and Economic Effects of the Reformation (1923). In lightanbsp;...

Title:An Essay on the Economic Effects of the Reformation
Author:George O'Brien
Publisher:IHS Press - 2003-04-01


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