The Sacred Canopy by Peter L. Berger
Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

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Influential scholar Peter L. Berger explores the sociological underpinnings of religion and the rise of a modern secular society Acclaimed scholar and sociologist Peter L. Berger carefully lays out an understanding of religion as a historical, societal mechanism in this classic work of social theory. Berger examines the roots of religious belief and its gradual dissolution in modern times, applying a general theoretical perspective to specific examples from religions throughout the ages. Building upon the author’s previous work, The Social Construction of Reality, with Thomas Luckmann, this book makes Berger’s case that human societies build a “sacred canopy” to protect, stabilize, and give meaning to their worldview.

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Peter L. Berger is senior research fellow and founder of Boston Universitys Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. His many previous books include In Praise of Doubt with Anton Zijderveld.
Published April 26, 2011 by Open Road Media. 241 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Professor Berger, of The New School in New York, seeks in this volume to apply a general theoretical perspective derived from the sociology of knowledge to the phenomenon of religion.

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