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

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“[Berger] writes in a concise and lucid style, a rare talent among sociologists, but does so without losing any of the cogency of his material. More impressively, he is almost unparalleled in his creativity. The Sacred Canopy brings together all of these virtues and is easily his most important book. Indeed, I think it’s the most important contribution to the sociology of religion since Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.” —Jeffery K. Hadden, Commonweal “This is a brilliant analysis that gives evidence of a sociology of religion that is able to clarify the often ironic interaction of religion and society.” —A. Theodore Kachel, Union Seminary Quarterly Review “[Berger] writes . . . in a challenging way, skillfully injecting theological materials drawn from both Eastern and Western religions to reinforce his points. He also displays an understanding of the issues that concern practicing religionists, while at the same time he tells them frankly where the going for them is likely to be rough.” —Elizabeth K. Nottingham,American Journal of Sociology

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Peter L. Berger (1929–2017) was an award-winning scholar and author and one of the most important modern American sociologists. Berger graduated from Wagner College in New York in 1949 before receiving his master’s degree and doctorate from The New School in New York in 1950 and 1954, respectively. Berger was a professor emeritus of religion, sociology, and theology at the University of Boston and director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, which studies relationships between economic development and sociocultural change. Berger’s works include Invitation to Sociology (1963), The Social Construction of Reality (1966) with Thomas Luckmann, The Sacred Canopy (1967), and A Rumor of Angels (1969).
 

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004X3789G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media (April 26, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 26, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1856 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 324 pages
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Peter L. Berger (Boston, MA) is University Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at Boston University and the founder and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. He has written numerous books on sociological theory, the sociology of religion, and Third World development. Among his more recent books are In Praise of Doubt (with Anton Zijderveld); Religious America, Secular Europe? (with Grace Davie and Effie Fokas); Questions of Faith; Many Globalizations (edited with Samuel Huntington); and Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience. Professor Berger has received honorary degrees from Loyola University, University of Notre Dame, University of Geneva, University of Munich, Sofia University, and Renmin University of China.

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