"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

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