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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Max Weber

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Ascetic  -  Self-denying and austerely self-disciplining.
Rational  -  For Weber, this term implied systematization, consistency, logic, calculation and efficiency, applied both to religion and to social institutions.
Calvinism  -  The religious doctrines of John Calvin. Calvinism emphasized predestination, the supremacy of Scriptures in the revelation of truth, God's omnipotence and man's sinfulness.

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