Reading your interesting responses, my dear readers, I had a nagging feeling that something was amiss. Then I recalled a promise I made.
One of LJ bloggers, _niece, quoted somebody else’s musings on seeming paradox or, rather, topic for discussion that I felt too unprepared to participate in. So I promised to ask the people “in the know”. You understand, being an atheist I am here just a medium, a vessel, an uninterested party with no ulterior motive. My interest is of pure curiosity for ideological position. Also I have no idea if summary of ideas and attributed quotes are true, I am only translating, you understand.
I’ll relay the topic and opinions in the thread to best of my understanding and translating abilities. Will do the same with your comments if there’ll be any.
Original topic quoted by _niece:
How did it happen that Protestantism, with its rejection of mandatory good deeds, or, rather, notion that they are not requisite for salvation, and with idea of predetermination (which theoretically should result in social passivity) – how P. managed to create the most progressive social systems in the world? As opposed to Catholicism, which stresses necessity of practicing good deeds and not just “salvation by faith alone”, as postulated by Luther – how, then, historically Catholicism became a pillar of social reactionism?
A possible answer, which does not offer complete explanation, is that P. lowered the status of a priest as an intermediary between a man and God, offered direct contact and raised status an individual man, thus encouraged partition between Individual and Social.
Her consequential question:
So, how, at what point that doctrine of Predetermination transforms into capitalist ethic?
[there is a lively discussion in comments, but before I relay that, I'd like to get reactions from the horse's mouth first, if you may]