This chapter examines the case of religion, where the discontinuity between the PE and Weber's work in the 1890s is more apparent. It concludes that Weber's speeches and writings in the 1890s show that the origin of Weberian bourgeois democracy was religious; and that this coexisted with a ‘purely historical’ conception of Christianity as a central component in the evolution of the Occident across millennia. In his own particular sense of the word, the centrality of religion within Weber's thought-world was clearly established not merely by this date but fully twenty years before the first appearance of the PE in 1904.
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