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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 27, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2007

John P. Crossley Jr.
Pages 209-226

The "Elective Affinity" between Liberal Theology and Liberal Politics

MAX WEBER FURNISHES THE ANALOGY ON WHICH THIS ESSAY IS BASED: "This-worldly Protestant asceticism... acted powerfully against the spontaneous enjoyment of possessions; it restricted consumption, especially of luxuries. On the other hand, it had the psychological effect of freeing the acquisition of goods from the inhibitions of traditionalistic ethics. It broke the bonds of the impulse of acquisition in that it not only legalized it, but... looked upon it as directly willed by God."