"It was the church more than any other agency, that put in place what Weber called the preconditions of capitalism:
• the rule of law and a bureaucracy for resolving disputes rationally;
• a specialized and mobile labor force;
• the institutional permanence that allows for transgenerational investment and sustained intellectual and physical efforts, together with the accumulation of long-term capital;
• and a zest for discovery, enterprise, wealth creation, and new undertakings.
~ Randall Collins, historian
~How Christianity Created Capitalism
BY MICHAEL NOVAK • JULY 20, 2010