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Martin Luther King Jr 9 A Discussion and Analysis Of some of his Contributions As Well as their Social Political and Economic Impacts Since the Thirteen Colonies first united the United States has had one of the strongest economies in the world Over the years many theorists have had varying opinions concerning the reason for this nations strong economic standing One reason that has often been overlooked is that a great many of this nations workers have been influenced by the Protestant work ethic The philosophy behind this work ethic has driven many workers to attain as much as possible at their jobs during their lifetimes If one man were to be given credit for the development of the Protestant work ethic it would have to be Martin Luther In the course of the next several pages this researcher will examine the ethic that has had such a great impact on the United States economy and on the economies of other nations It has been suggested by such writers as Weber and Smith that the Protest ant work ethic first developed around the word calling Basically this term has a religious connotation which is a task set by God However gradually this term was expanded to the point where it covered many of mans activities During the Protestant Reformation the term calling started to take on a new meaning Fulfilling ones duty in worldly affairs became a task of extreme importance gradually fulfilling ones duty was not only important but it became the moral obligation of every individual the highest form of moral activity Before the Reformation the Catholic Church did not believe that everyday world activities had a religious significance As a result of Luther these world activities were quite important in adhering to Gods wishes Rather than devote ones life to worshipping God through prayer and instead of sacrificing all worldly goods to follow Christ the Protestants believed
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