The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

By: Peter Berger

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 his previous work, The Social Construction of Reality, written with Thomas Luckmann, Berger makes the case that human societies build a “sacred canopy” to protect, stabilize, and give meaning to their worldview.

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