By Christopher Adair-Toteff
This booklet is helping clarify a few of Max Weber's key techniques equivalent to aura, asceticism, mysticism, pariah-people, prophets, salvation, and theodicy and locations them in the context of Weber's sociology of faith.
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They denied the world’s importance and dedicated their lives to God; the “inner-worldly ascetics” remained in the world and they were “methodical” in the practices and firm in their self-control (Weber 2014: 288–296, 302, 336–338, 365). Weber devoted the remainder of the Protestant Ethic to the unfolding of the ascetic self-control in the Protestant denominations of the Pietists, the Baptists, the Mennonites, and the Quakers. He concluded his study by pointing out that the theological foundations for work were replaced by moral considerations, and these were then dissolved so that all that remained was the sober impetus to work and accumulate capital (Weber 2014: 420–424).
Keine Kirche: . . Endlich auch:—kein Gott: denn auch Christus ist nur f ür die Erwä hlten gestorben. (Weber 2014: 259–260) Unlike the benevolent God of Luther’s New Testament, Calvin’s Deity is more like the Old Testament’s Jehovah. He is angry, distant, unknowable, and unappeasable. God has chosen who is 24 FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN WEBER’S SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION among the elect and who is among the damned and God made the decisions at the beginning and they will stand for all time. For anyone to think that man could have any influence on God is impudence.
As with Rickert and the others, Jellinek begins with Neo-Kantian presuppositions such as making the differentiation between sciences of causality and sciences of norms (Jellinek 1929: 19; see Albert 1988: 46–48). However, unlike them, he moves to develop a different methodological approach. Jellinek is uninterested in purely epistemological questions; rather, his concern is with the social life and social interaction of human 44 FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN WEBER’S SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION beings (Jellinek 1929: 4, 10).