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The Many Altars of Modernity by Peter L. Berger

Title The Many Altars of Modernity
Author Peter L. Berger
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release 2014-09-11
Category Religion
Total Pages 161
ISBN 1614516472
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book is the summation of many decades of work by Peter L. Berger, an internationally renowned sociologist of religion. Secularization theory—which saw modernity as leading to a decline of religion—has been empirically falsified. It should be replaced by a nuanced theory of pluralism. In this new book, Berger outlines the possible foundations for such a theory, addressing a wide range of issues spanning individual faith, interreligious societies, and the political order. He proposes a conversation around a new paradigm for religion and pluralism in an age of multiple modernities. The book also includes responses from three eminent scholars of religion:Nancy Ammerman, Detlef Pollack, and Fenggang Yang.

The Many Altars of Modernity by Peter L. Berger

Title The Many Altars of Modernity
Author Peter L. Berger
Publisher Walter de Gruyter
Release 2014-08
Category
Total Pages 147
ISBN 9781614516484
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This text is the summation of many decades of work by Peter L. Berger. It outlines a new paradigm for understanding religion and pluralism in an age of multiple modernities. Along the way, Berger addresses a wide range of issues spanning individual faith, interreligious socieities, and the political order. The book also includes responses from three eminent scholars of religion: Nancy Ammerman, Detlef Pollack, and Fenggang Yang.

Faith in a Pluralist Age by Kaye V. Cook

Title Faith in a Pluralist Age
Author Kaye V. Cook
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2018-03-14
Category Religion
Total Pages 154
ISBN 1532609957
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Most academics agree with Peter Berger that pluralism theory appears more accurate than secularization theory in accounting for the societal changes that accompany modernization. Yet Berger's earlier book Many Altars of Modernity gives limited attention to the implications of the pluralist paradigm for religious discourse, in particular for evangelicals. According to Berger--who wrote the first chapter in this book--while pluralism leads to less certainty about faith and creates "secular spaces," it also, more positively, clarifies the importance of trust in God, highlights the nature of religious institutions as voluntary associations rather than birth rights, and challenges Christians to know what they believe in. Subsequent chapters respond to the first. Four responses are theoretical (e.g., challenging the concept of secular spaces, exploring social constructionism) and four are contextual (e.g., describing anti-pluralist forces in India, challenging feminists to pluralism, examining women's responses to pluralism, and exploring values in Brazil and China). The ideas are easily accessible to the lay reader and are intended to initiate a much-needed conversation about the implications of pluralist theory. We conclude that pluralism is challenging for Christian faith but, as Peter Berger says, in most ways it is "good for you."

Title Peter L Berger and the Sociology of Religion
Author Titus Hjelm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2018-08-23
Category Religion
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1350061905
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How and why did The Sacred Canopy by Peter L. Berger (1929–2017) become a classic? How have scholars used Berger's ideas over the past 50 years since its publication? How are these ideas relevant to the future of the sociology of religion? Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion explores these questions by providing a broad overview of Berger's work, as well as more focussed studies. The chapters discuss both aspects of Berger's classic text: the 'systematic' sociological theorising on religion and the 'historical' theorising on secularisation. The articles also critically examine Berger's reversal regarding secularisation and the suggested 'desecularisation' of the world. The approaches range from disciplinary history to applications of Berger's ideas. The book includes contributions from Nancy Ammerman, Steve Bruce, David Feltmate, Effie Fokas, Titus Hjelm, D. Paul Johnson, Hubert Knoblauch, Silke Steets, Riyaz Timol, and Bryan S. Turner.

Title Racial Integration in the Church of Apartheid
Author Marthe Hesselmans
Publisher BRILL
Release 2018-11-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9004385010
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Racial Integration in the Church of Apartheid relates the struggle of South Africa’s Reformed churches to overcome their apartheid past and merge into one multiracial church. It uncovers the potential of faith communities and their limits in untangling religious-nationalist affiliations.

Title Public Intellectuals and the Common Good
Author Todd C. Ream
Publisher InterVarsity Press
Release 2021-01-26
Category Religion
Total Pages 184
ISBN 0830854827
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In the midst of a divisive culture, public intellectuals speaking from an evangelical perspective have a critical role to play—within the church and beyond. Representing the church, higher education, journalism, and the nonprofit sector, these world-class scholars and practitioners cast a vision for intellectuals who promote human flourishing.

Title Secularization Desecularization and Toleration
Author Vyacheslav Karpov
Publisher Springer Nature
Release
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Total Pages
ISBN 3030540464
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Peter Berger on Modernization and Modernity
Author Robert Bickel
Publisher Routledge
Release 2017-09-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 202
ISBN 1351618911
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With particular attention to his work on modernization and modernity as construed by a sociologist of knowledge, this book offers a sympathetic exposition and evaluation of Peter Berger’s work as one of the world’s most accomplished and influential sociologists. In the context of an examination of Berger’s ongoing work on the social construction of reality, styles of consciousness, the role of science-based technology, pluralism, and other pertinent topics, the author also considers Berger’s unique and thoughtful approach to research and theorizing. Berger’s method of ‘sociological tourism’, which departs sharply from the current emphasis in the social sciences on ever more complex and ostensibly rigorous statistical procedures, provides a refreshing move away from the increasingly esoteric and sometimes alienating methodological self-consciousness that characterizes contemporary sociology. With this distinctive approach, this book will appeal to scholars and students of sociology who share Berger’s interest. The importance of modernization and modernity on a world scale is undeniable, and a deeper understanding of their nature and consequences, will also benefit members of the intelligent laity who are not sociological specialists but are open to new ideas that are clearly explained.

Title Revisiting Max Weber s Ethic of Responsibility
Author Etienne de Villiers
Publisher Mohr Siebeck
Release 2018-02-20
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 254
ISBN 3161558162
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

To what extent could Max Weber's ethic of responsibility serve as a model for us today? An adequate answer to this question could only be given on the basis of a satisfactory interpretation and thorough assessment of his ethic of responsibility. In this monograph Etienne de Villiers sets himself the task of doing just that. He establishes that, in spite of serious shortcomings, Weber's ethic points to the contemporary need for an ethic of responsibility as a second-level normative ethical approach that would address the undermining effect of modernisation on ethical living. Such a contemporary ethic of responsibility would provide guidelines on how ethical living could be responsibly enhanced in our time. The author also presents a brief proposal on how a contemporary ethic of responsibility might be designed.

Religion and Modernity by Detlef Pollack

Title Religion and Modernity
Author Detlef Pollack
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2017-11-28
Category Social Science
Total Pages 512
ISBN 0192521721
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is not a book that provides a new integrated theory of religious change in modern societies, but rather one that develops theoretical elements that contribute to the understanding of some contemporary religious developments. Most of the approaches in sociology of religion are prone to emphasise either processes of religious decline or of religious upswing. For example, secularization theory usually includes a couple of relevant factors—such as functional differentiation, economic affluence or social equality—in order to account for religious change. However, the result of such a theory's empirical analyses seems to be certain in advance, namely that the social relevance of religion is decreasing. In contrast, the religious market model devised by sociologists of religion in the US is inclined to detect everywhere processes of religious upsurge. Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison avoids a purely theoretically based perspective on religious changes. For this reason, Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta do not begin with theoretical propositions but with questions. The authors raise the question of how the social significance of religion in its various facets has changed in modern societies, and explain what factors and conditions have contributed to these changes.

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