A Rumor of Angels by Peter L. Berger

A Rumor of Angels

By Peter L. Berger

  • Release Date: 2011-04-26
  • Genre: Social Science
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Influential scholar Peter L. Berger reveals five signs that point to the supernatural and its place in a modern secular society Acclaimed scholar and sociologist Peter L. Berger examines religion in twentieth-century Western society, exploring the social nature of knowledge and its effect on religious belief. Using five signs evident in ordinary life—order, play, hope, damnation, and humor—Berger calls for a rediscovery of the supernatural as a crucial, rich dimension of humanity. Conceived as a response to his influential book The Sacred Canopy, Berger eschews technical jargon and speaks directly and systematically to those, like himself, who wish to explore religious questions. “In this slim and gracefully written volume, Peter Berger continues his call for a many-sided conversation among sociologists, philosophical anthropologists and theologians . . . A Rumor of Angels is splendidly ambitious in its proposals. It stretches the mind considerably.” —Robert J. McNamara, Sociological Analysis “There is both wit and wisdom in Berger’s essay. . . . Certainly his commitment to enduring human truths in a rapidly changing world should provide a model for those who pursue the theological task.” —Lowell D. Streiker, Saturday Review Peter L. Berger (1929–2017) was an award-winning scholar and author and one of the most important modern American sociologists. Berger graduated from Wagner College in New York in 1949 before receiving his master’s degree and doctorate from The New School in New York in 1950 and 1954, respectively. Berger was a professor emeritus of religion, sociology, and theology at the University of Boston and director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, which studies relationships between economic development and sociocultural change. Berger’s works include Invitation to Sociology (1963), The Social Construction of Reality (1966) with Thomas Luckmann, The Sacred Canopy (1967), and A Rumor of Angels (1969).