Calvinism - 1530 A.D.
American Puritanism was to a great extent an outgrowth of Calvinism.
Andre’ Siegfried says: “The Puritan is proud to be rich.
“If he makes money, he likes to tell himself that Divine Providence sends it to him.
“His wealth itself becomes in his eyes as well as the eyes of others a mark of God’s blessing.
“A time comes when he no longer knows if he acts for duty’s sake or for interest’s sake.
“It becomes difficult in those conditions to make a demarcation between religious aspiration and the pursuit of wealth.”