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Title: Catholics and Protestants in Europe
Subtitle: Different Ethical Views?
Author(s): KERKHOFS, Jan
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 1 Issue: 3 Date: September 1994
Since M. Weber and E. Troeltsch, much has been published on real or perceived differences between Catholic and Protestant countries concerning ethical matters, especially in a context of rising capitalism supposedly promoted by Calvinism. Yet, large scale sociological studies were lacking. Even now, when such studies are possible, they treat opinions and seldom behavior; many studies show that there can be serious differences between these two groups. This article analyzes possible agreements and differences in opinions concerning ethics using the results of the 1990 value study carried out by the 'European Values Study' Foundation. We limit ourselves here to ten Western European countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, West Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy).