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Though by no means a deep dive into theology, Weber digs into an explanation of Protestant doctrine to make his point.
In his view, saw his discovery of the ‘usefulness’ of virtue as a revelation from God, who wished to direct him toward virtue by this means. Many of the arguments that form the lynchpin of The Protestant Ethic are backed only by anecdotal evidence.
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A contrary evaluation of Puritan thinking is Mitchell, Robert . Calvin's and the Puritan's View of the Protestant Ethic (Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1979) 54: Works do not produce faith or assurance of election. Mitchell further contends that there was not the great desire or need for assurance. Once again, this is not to say there were not some who had doubts about salvation, but . hese appear to have come only from the hypersensitive and were thus not an important part of the normal English ]sic] Puritan life
Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical gure in contemporary sociology. An appreciation of what Weber sought to achieve in the book demands at least an elementary grasp of two aspects of the cir-cumstances in which it was produced: the intellectual climate within which he wrote, and the connections between the work itself and the massive programme of study that he set himself in the second phase of his career. Most important, he rejected the view that recognition of the ‘meaningful’ character of human conduct entails that causal explanation cannot be undertaken in the social sciences.
With Calvin the process was just the opposite; the significance of the doctrine for him increased, perceptibly in the .
With Calvin the process was just the opposite; the significance of the doctrine for him increased, perceptibly in the course of his polemical controversies with theological opponents.