The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

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Anchor Books, 1990 - Social Science - 229 pages
This absorbing and original examination brilliantly argues that religion is a product of the society from which it springs--that it is the "sacred canopy" which every human society builds over its world to give it meaning.

In this book, Berger expands on theories of knowledge that he first explored (with Thomas Luckmann) in The Social Construction of Reality. With illustrations drawn from a variety of primitive, ancient, and contemporary religions.

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This book is an extension of Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann’s earlier book, “The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge” written in 1966, in which the authors begin ... Read full review

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He makes up many words.

Contents

Religion and WorldConstruction
3
Religion and WorldMaintenance
29
The Problem of Theodicy
53
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PETER L. BERGER is University Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University. He is the author of, among other books, Invitation to Sociology, The Social Construction of Reality, and The Capitalist Revolution.

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