It is the thesis of this study that the Puritan ethic, as an ideal-typical expression of the value-attitudes basic to ascetic Protestantism generally, so canalized the interests of seventeenth-century Englishmen as to constitute one important element in the enhanced cultivation of science.  The deep-rooted religious interests of the day demanded in their forceful implications the systematic, rational, and empirical Nature for the glorification of God in His works and for the control of the corrupt world (1968, pp. 628-629).