Peter Berger

The Sacred Canopy

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“The most important contribution to the sociology of religion since Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” (Commonweal).
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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322 printed pages
Original publication
2011

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