The prospect of religion is considered as one crucial universal institution which has its vast implications on human beings. The specific and unique feature related to the concept of the institution is that it has the capacity to impact all the other facets of life. It can be rightly said that the institution of religion is the paradigm which connects all the features of life concerning to the necessary approach of human beings. There are numerous sociologist and anthologists who discuss a different aspect of religion. Weber is known as one of the renewed names which discuss the feature of religion concerning to its different dimensions which have a crucial role in the different facts of life. Here the particular focus is to discuss Weber’s argument related to different effects of religious doctrines and practices (of the religious virtuosos and of the ‘masses’ on every day/workday lives and conduct with the consideration of economic features
The significant aspect of Weber’s work on religious doctrines and practices is that he creates the effective link of the sociology of religion with the different aspects of everyday life. These features can be identified in case of political, economic, administrative, and the moral conduct in different forms (M. Weber, 85). Weber comes with the argument that the different cultural requirements of human beings can be characterized as the basic foundation of religion. The interesting aspect related to the religious practices is that it involves the development of new dimensions in humans’ life. Weber successfully establishes the idea that the Protestant institution and its related ethical conduct play a vital role in the development of the economic facet of the society. In his book, “Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” he explains the idea of religion and its approach to everyday life. Weber develops the prospect of religious doctrines by considering the different economic aspects which can witness in the form of capitalism, labor relations and the important feature of Protestant ethics.
Weber connects the aspect of sociology with the prospect of religion with the consideration of different cultural aspects and the forms of behaviors which can be the witness in case of activities of humans. The major concern of the Weber is to critically determine the perception of the religious prospect which can immensely impact the economic patterns of people belongs to different societies. It is notable to mention that western society is the basic point of attention of Weber when it comes to articulate different features and practices related to people’s religion. Weber segregates the main form of religion into different sects and explores their effects on the economic paradigm of work life of the individuals in any society (Lehmann and Roth, 34). Weber successfully identifies Calvinist as the one major feature or sect of the Protestant Christian which has its strong implications for the overall development of capitalism. Weber successfully assesses the features of economic theories through the proper identification of the different influential sects or forms of religion.
The particular prospect of doctrine and practices of religion indicate by Weber are also important because it provides the effective directions about the different elements of socio-economic paradigm which can prominently influence the overall setting of different societies. It is also crucial because it helps to distinguish between the particular prevailing characteristics which differentiate society of west from east. The particular focus of the sociologist is to adopt the technique of difference to effectively explain different economic ethics of world which comes with the consideration of facet of religion and the economic life. The aim of this specific adaptability is to point out the difference which prevails between different societies in the form of the difference of economic ethics.
The noticeable aspect which can be effectively observed in cease of Weber’s approach to religion is that he effectively align the different dynamics and structures of economic setting in everyday life to the different religious practices. The particular setting of connection can be segregated into two broad classes. The feature of classification indicates the influential role of religious doctrine on the overall structure of the economy (Max Weber, 46). The second aspect related to Weber’s work is to indicate the position of the groups in the overall paradigm of the economic system. It is notable to consider that ethical doctrines are not the significantly consider by Weber.
His main focus is to consider those particular doctrines which can play their effective role to determine the behavior of individuals in the form of different groups. He comes with the consideration of capitalism as the one major form of civilization. He proposes the idea of capitalism referring to the prospect of modern civilization. The main motivation for the Weber through the consideration of the religious prospect is to discuss the attainment of profit in case of an effective economic system. Weber successfully provides the independent analysis which appears with the concern of different political and social issues. Weber tries to provide the counter-argument against the aspects of Marxism and German historical economics through the proper and necessary consideration of the aspect of religion.
The formation of the necessary and the crucial connection between the prospects of religion and economy is the major development of Weber’s theory. Weber considers the paradigm of religion to demonstrate the feature of belief of human beings on the supernatural aspects and observe its impact on their daily lives. The feature of religion provides necessary assistance and direction to the human beings when they are going through with the certain problems in the lives. Weber proposes the opinion that it is only religious beliefs which helps individuals to understand the true meaning and aim of life. The prospect of religion provide the essential guidelines to the human beings to be remain sustain in their lives. The idea of religion is also immensely crucial because it comes with the certain form of a code of conduct which is essential for the human beings to follow. On the other hand, the economy is another crucial aspect of humans’ life. There is no concept of life without the consideration of the economic activities in the society.
Undoubtedly, it can be said that sustainability of life entirely depends on the facet of the economy. Food, clothing, and shelter are the primary needs of the human beings which can only be attained through the proper and timely economic decisions. The overall prospect of economic system prevails in any society can be determined the factors of production, consumption, and the proper distribution of different goods and services. Weber identifies the strong connection between the prospects of religion and economy in an effective manner. He argues that there is the necessary consideration of the different beliefs, values, and the ideas which provide guidance to the humans about their activities in the civilized societies. He delivers the idea that religion has the potential to provide direction to the human beings to act as the effective members of the society with the consideration of the economic domain. Individual’s behavior or attitudes towards life can be successfully aligned with the specific beliefs determine by religion.
To conclude the discussion about Weber’s insight s about the religious doctrines and practices related to the human behavior in everyday life, it is crucial to consider it with the basic requirements of the individuals as the active members of the society. The basic aspect which can determine Weber’s work is that he provides an argument about the economy of any society on the basis of religious doctrines and different practices.
Lehmann, Hartmut, and Guenther Roth. Weber’s Protestant Ethic: Origins, Evidence, Contexts. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Weber, M. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Dover Publications, 2012, https://books.google.com.pk/books?id=ez7CAgAAQBAJ.
Weber, Max. From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Routledge, 2009.