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Huntington Repeats Weber's Error

Reader comment on item: [Samuel Huntington and] American Purposes In Iraq

Submitted by Paul Saunders (United States), Apr 30, 2004 at 10:43

Samuel P. Huntington accepts Max Weber's false claim that the Protestant "work ethic" created and built America. Dr. John Ridpath in a lecture titled "Religion and Capitalism" available on tape from www.aynrandbookstore.com has totally destroyed Weber's position.

Dr. Ridpath demonstrates in this audiotape lecture that it was the Enlightenment ascendancy of reason that created and built America, NOT the Protestant religion.

The lecture description appears below:

Religion and Capitalism (Audio) by John Ridpath
Subtitled "The Case of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation"

Dr. Ridpath argues that religion is antagonistic to the needs of proper human life, and thus 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 through the ideas of the founder of Protestantism—Martin Luther. By analyzing his 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.

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