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Religion and Economic Organization Religion has been an integral part of human culture for thousands of years Only a few religions have dominated peoples ideals and actions The other smaller indigenous religions have been devalued over the years Religion affects all aspects of todays society including politics and economics Worldly religion has been viewed as secondary to the military and the economy Tradition and customs have been an ongoing characteristic of religion in eastern societies Whereas secularism arose in the West and took control This secularism was nonconformity unorthodox approach much different than that of the traditional eastern societies When this secularism arose in the west it meant that the west had become more modernized In religion there are four subdivisions which control the way an individual views other religions These four branches include exclusivism inclusivism synchrotism and pluralism The books we have utilized and focused upon seem to direct themsel ves towards the exclusivism approach Weber Huntington Rudolph and Piscatori have shown the use of empirical evidence to control and define their theses of religious capitalism Other major theorists such as Tyler Frazer Durkheim and Marx have gone onto explore the controversial reductionist approach Religion to a large degree has been a product of capitalism and personifies this spirit of capitalism First off Webers thesis of religious affiliation and social stratification is a prime example of how religion causes the economic organization of society Weber claimed that the occupational statistics of any country of mixed religious composition demonstrates with remarkable frequency the fact that business leaders and owners of capital as well as the higher grades of skilled labor and the technically and commercially trained personnel of modern enterprises are overwhelmingly Protestant Furthermore on the basis of religious affiliation capitalism has been able to alter the social distribution of the population and been able to determine its occupational structure Weber also states that minorities national or religious whom are in
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