Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
The problem, of theory construction toward a sociological understanding of the religious-economic relationship has relied to a great extent upon the work of a German social scientist, Max Weber.1 Historical observations made by Weber, which described a meaningful relationship between Protestantism and modern industrial capitalism,2 stimulated scholars from a number of fields to continue investigation of this relationship. The Weberian thesis advanced the position that religious and economic phenomena within a society were mutually interdependent. More specifically, Weber was concerned with the 'economic ethics of a religion'3 in relation to the economic institution. This relationship was considered as a factor which gave rise to modern capitalism. The present study attempted to explore and delineate the nature of the religious-economic relationship in contemporary society.
Crowley, James W., "Religious preference and worldly success: A comparison of Protestants and Catholics" (1967). Student Work. 315.
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