Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Elect of Damned?

John Calvin [1509-1564]

"You probably wouldn't have a good night out with Calvin, who was austere, serious, concentrated; but you would with Luther."
- Diarmaid McCulloch [born 1951]

Calvin's Predestination taught that the Catholic route to Heaven was hopelessly awry; Calvin's Protestants believed that a select few were chosen and that the rest were cast into hell.

Wealth was the best evidence of God's favor; private and spiritual capital were linked.

Benjamin Franklin [1706-1790] popularized the Protestant work ethic:

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

More Franklin here.