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