Terms and Questions:

Society and the Sacred



1.    Max Weber

2.    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

3.    This Worldly Asceticism


1.    Outline the central argument that Weber makes in his The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism?  Be sure to make reference to the influences of Luther and Calvin.  Be specific.

2.    Illustrate the two position identified in the lecture regarding the relationship between religion and society.

3.    Locate the following thinkers with respect to these positions:

1.    Freud

2.    Durkheim

3.    Weber

4.    Karl Marx

4.    Describe and then critique the difference between “Natural” religions and “Founded” religions.