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A Discussion and Analysis Of some of his Contributions As Well as their SocialPolitical and Economic Impacts Since the Thirteen Colonies first united the United Stateshas had one of the strongest economies in the world Over the years many theorists havehad varying opinions concerning the reason for this nations strong economic standingOne reason that has often been overlooked is that a great many of this nations workershave been influenced by the Protestant work ethic The philosophy behind this work ethic has driven many workers to attain as muchas possible at their jobs during their lifetimes If one man were to be given credit for thedevelopment of the Protestant work ethic it would have to be Martin Luther In the courseof the next several pages this researcher will examine the ethic that has had such a greatimpact on the United States economy and on the economies of other nations It has beensuggested by such writers as Weber and Smith that the Protestant work ethic firstdeveloped around the word calling Basically this term has a religious connotationwhich is a task set by God However gradually this term was expanded to the point whereit covered many of mans activities During the Protestant Reformation the term callingstarted to take on a new meaning Fulfilling ones duty in worldly affairs became a task ofextreme importance gradually fulfilling ones duty was not only important but it becamethe moral obligation of every individual the highest form of moral activity Before theReformation the Catholic Church did not believe that everyday world activities had areligious significance As a result of Luther these world activities were quite important inadhering to Gods wishes Rather than devote ones life to worshipping God throughprayer and instead of sacrificing all worldly goods to follow Christ the Protestantsbelieved that the task of every person is to fulfill to the best of hisher ability their taskson earth This unique conception of the word calling was developed by Luther during hisAt first
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