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The Catholic Ethic in American Society: An Exploration of Values
     

The Catholic Ethic in American Society: An Exploration of Values

by John E. Tropman
 

Based on years of scholarly research, this book offers a fresh perspective of the Protestant ethic by contrasting it with the newly identified Catholic charity ethic. There are several key features that distinguish the Catholic ethic from its Protestant counterpart, including how each ethic values money and work, family and community, and the individual. The

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Based on years of scholarly research, this book offers a fresh perspective of the Protestant ethic by contrasting it with the newly identified Catholic charity ethic. There are several key features that distinguish the Catholic ethic from its Protestant counterpart, including how each ethic values money and work, family and community, and the individual. The Protestant ethic is rooted in the values of work, wealth, and achievement while the Catholic ethic is firmly based on long-standing traditions and beliefs of sharing. When the two are compared, the Catholic ethic has a stronger value base for providing assistance to others, especially the poor and the disadvantaged. John Tropman presents an insightful analysis of the deeply ingrained attitudes Americans have about money and work, and their view of people who have neither.

This is a valuable work for sociologists, political scientists, social activists, religion scholars and students, and fundraisers of charitable organizations.

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Library Journal
Tropman (social policy and nonprofit management, Univ. of Michigan Sch. of Social Work) investigates the existence of a Catholic ethic, parallel and distinct from Max Weber's well-known Protestant ethic. While the latter emphasizes work, wealth, and individual achievement, its Catholic counterpart is based traditionally and theologically on sharing, regardless of worthiness. Tropman studies the critical distinction historically and through official Catholic teachings; he focuses on attitudes toward work and money, mercy, family, community, charity, and perception of self and society. Despite some slips (John VI for Paul VI and Catholic Encyclopedia for New Catholic Encyclopedia), Tropman's work adds significantly to the small body of literature on the subject. (See also Michael Novak's The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, LJ 2/1/93.) Recommended for academic and public libraries.Anna Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
Booknews
The author contrasts the Protestant orientation toward work, wealth, and achievement with the Catholic orientation toward sharing, noting that the value placed on sharing makes it easier for Catholics to provide help to others, particularly the poor and the disadvantaged. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787901233
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Series:
Nonprofit Sector Ser.
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN E. TROPMAN is professor of Social Policy and Nonprofit Management, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, and adjunct professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at the Michigan Business School. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books including American Values and Social Welfare (1989), Policy Management in the Human Services (1984), Entrepreneurial Systems for the 1990's (1989), Public Policy Opinion and the Elderly (1987).

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