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Sacred Canopy : Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion.

Author: Peter L Berger
Publisher: Open Road Media, 2011.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter L Berger
ISBN: 1306601584 9781306601580 9781453215371 1453215379
OCLC Number: 877050176
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Preface; Contents; I. Systematic Elements; 1. Religion and World-Construction; 2. Religion and World-Maintenance; 3. The Problem of Theodicy; 4. Religion and Alienation; II. Historical Elements; 5. The Process of Secularization; 6. Secularization and the Problem of Plausibility; 7. Secularization and the Problem of Legitimation; Appendices; Appendix I. Sociological Definitions of Religion; Appendix II. Sociological and Theological Perspectives; Notes; Subject Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; Index of Names; A; B; C; D; E; F. GH; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Z; Copyright.

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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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