The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion
Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion
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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