Peter Berger - Sociologist of Religion

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Steve Farson | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 23 2015 1:19 PM

Reading this article at CT...

Os Guinness mentions the influence of Peter Berger.  None of his books are here at Logos/Vyso bt found many at Amazon.  Would anyone know what book of are on the short list to read?  Thanks.

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daniel paul christie | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 23 2015 4:24 PM

If you're wanting to read some Berger (and particularly things that connect with Os Guinness) I would start with "The Sacred Canopy." To compliment it, I would also recommend then reading Berger's shorter work "A Rumour of Angels," which he wrote in response to some criticisms of "The Sacred Canopy." If your interest is not only with sociology of religion explicitly but his work more generally, you could check out his sociological classic "The Social Construction of Reality," which he wrote with Thomas Luckmann.

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Steve Farson | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 23 2015 11:38 PM

Daniel... very much appreciated.  Thanks.

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Rev. Wayne Paul Barrett | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 24 2015 8:43 AM

Bob asked the question in another thread if we want every book available. I would settle for those books, like Peter Berger's, that we currently don't have available. Steve, you have pointed out yet another significant gap in what is currently available. It should be available. There should be a "seminal works" squad at Logos that is working diligently to add these types of works. Also, you may want to look into Craig Gay, one of my professors at Regent, who worked under Berger and has written some strong works in the field. 

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Steve Farson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 24 2015 11:35 AM

Will do - Craig Gay.  Thanks.  I work with a chaplain from Regent (Me -  Denver Seminary) and enjoy his many accounts from his time there.  I still think about his mentioning how he made sure he didn't miss the start of Bruce Waltke's OT classes.  He wanted to be there to hear him pray.

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