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).