Joel Osteen: Charismatic Authority, Traditional Authority, and the Prosperity Gospel

If Karl Marx had a singular focus with regard to Sociology, the opposite could be said about Max Weber. As opposed to the belief that all societal outcomes were tied to economy, Weber went to great pains to counter Marx. Weber took a multidimensional approach, arguing that individuals were not merely helpless to the larger […]

“But fate decreed that the cload should become and iron cage.” – Weber

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism   Weber begins by explaining the links between Protestantism and capitalism. He writes of several different sects of Protestantism and how they view different aspects of life. All of these of life aspects can arguable be some of the drive behind the forces of capitalism and are […]

Max Weber

Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism Weber argued that the pursuit of profit was justified by religion. Members of the protestant ethic were encouraged to work hard, be successful in their businesses, and reinvest into further development instead of “worldly pleasures”. Members of the society at that time were subject to a certain “calling” that […]

Weber to the Max

Review Chapter 4 of the Appelrouth and Edles text delves into the classical theories of German sociologist, Max Weber. Weber’s works have always resonated with me, however, my main gripe with Weber is that it is evidenced that he was vaguely racist. Regardless in mentioning this, I want to point out as it is the […]


Main points The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Regarding asceticism and the spirit of capitalism, Weber linked them by arguing that God’s will was made manifest through the labor of the individual. This was the way of pursuing a righteous life; one where security of material possessions lead not to a state of […]

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