A Far Glory, by Peter L. Berger
Peter Berger’s writings on religion are a rare combination of scholarly detachment and personal engagement. As a leading figure in interpretive sociology, Berger, who teaches at Boston University, has provided a coherent account both of how the elements of the religious world view—what he terms the “sacred canopy”—are constituted and of how they come under challenge. As a believing Lutheran, he has also sought to make the case for religious belief today, defending the life of faith against its contemporary “cultural despisers.” Most remarkably, Berger has employed the tools of sociological analysis itself to establish the groundwork for theological speculation and, by extension, theological affirmation.
Berger’s analysis has been developed in a series of books, including The Sacred Canopy (1967), A Rumor of Angels (1969), The Heretical Imperative (1979), and now A Far Glory. It may be summarized, much too briefly, as follows.
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