Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

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This book is a bit all over the place—and not in a good way. Wishing to know more about how religion played a role in the rise of capitalism; instead, the first part is a slow slog through the different religious controversies that swept through Europe at different points in time—something which could have been severely edited. Then, large parts cover the rise of industrial capitalism but leave out religion almost until the very end.

Benjamin Friedman is a celebrated scholar, but this is not his best work. If people are hoping for a guide of the intersection of religion and economics, then best avoid this book, unless, of course, someone needs help to fall asleep, as it moves at a slow pace and often falls into the trap of getting into the minuate with no easy way out. Friedman could have made this a wonderful study and help close the gap between capitalism and religion, but the more I read, the more I wondered if religion and capitalism are really blood brothers or the combination between them a more modern phenomenon. We will not know with this book. Hopefully someone else will do a book in the future.

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Author Benjamin M. Friedman
Star Count 2/5
Format Hard
Page Count 560 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2021-Jan-26
ISBN 9780593317983
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Issue March 2021
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