The Desecularization of the World by Peter L. Berger
Resurgent Religion and World Politics

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 Theorists of "secularization" for two centuries have been saying that religion must inevitably decline in the modern world. But much of the world today is as religious as ever. This volume challenges the belief that the modern world is increasingly secular, showing instead that modernization more often strengthens religion. Seven expert social observers examine several regions and several religions--Catholic and Protestant Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam--and explore the resurgence of religion in world affairs.


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Peter L. Berger is a Viennese-born American sociologist educated at Wagner College and the New School for Social Research in New York. He teaches at Boston University and directs the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture. Berger's work has focused on the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of economics, and the sociology of religion. His closest collaborator has been his wife, Brigitte Kellner Berger, who coauthored several volumes with him and has been a central influence on his work. Berger is perhaps best known for The Social Construction of Reality (1967) which he wrote with Thomas Luckmann. In this book, considered one of the most important works on the sociology of knowledge written in the twentieth century, the authors make a case for humanistic sociology that views human reality as socially constructed. They propose that sociological knowledge can best be achieved through a continuing conversation with history and philosophy.
Published July 1, 1999 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 143 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In the 1950s and 1960s, Berger, Harvey Cox and others were fearless proponents of ""secularization theory."" This theory held that as technology improved and modernity advanced upon culture, religion would begin to decline and we would live, according to Cox, in a ""secular city."" Cox reversed h...

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