The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Community
Weber's notion of the Protestant ethic has become widely accepted, but until Tropman's work, beginning in the mid-1980s, there had been no discussion of another, religious-based ethic. He suggests that if the Protestant ethic is an "achievement" ethic, the Catholic ethic is a "helping" one. Tropman outlines a Catholic ethic that is distinctive in its sympathy and outreach toward the poor, and in its emphasis on family and community over economic success. This book fully explores the Catholic ethic and its differing focus by using both historical and survey research. It also points to the existence of other religious-based ethics.
This clearly written book, employing the tools of both sociology and religious thought, will appeal to a wide audience, including students and scholars in disciplines informed by the influence of religion on politics and on social and economic behavior.
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"A lively and engaging analysis of the complex and multifaceted relationships between ethics and community. His arguments and use of theory, doctrine, history, and statistics should most certainly capture his readers' interest and prompt both reflection and discussion."—Patrick J. Welch, Saint Louis University
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