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Religion and Capitalism: The Case of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

John Ridpath

Presented at: IRM 1998

Date: Jun 28, 1998

Religion, being opposed at every level to the requirements of proper human life, cannot possibly be compatible with the proper social system for man-capitalism. Yet Protestantism is widely believed to be central to the development of capitalism. Why? These two lectures examine this issue at its root: in the background to, content of, and subsequent impact of the ideas of the founder of Protestantism-Martin Luther. By analyzing these ideas-as well as the later modifications of basic Lutheran doctrine by Calvin, Knox, and others––Dr. Ridpath reveals the actual influence of Protestantism upon capitalism.


Parts: 2

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