Peter L. Berger

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Peter L. Berger (March 17, 1929 to June 27, 2017) is an Austrian-born American sociologist best known for his work in the fields of the sociology of knowledge/religion, the study of modernization, and various theoretical contributions to sociology.

According to Christianity Today, "Berger wrote of his religious self-identification: “I’d always have a hard time choosing between ‘none—no religious affiliation,’ ‘relatively conservative Lutheran,’ and ‘agnostic.’” (He opined on evangelicals regularly.)."*[1] Berger also described himself as an "incurable Lutheran".[2]

Berger's work Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (New York, 1966) was declared by the International Sociological Association as being the fifth most influential book written in the field of sociology during the 20th century.[3]

Berger is also well-know for his scholarship relating to the current desecularization of the world (often referred to as the "global resurgence of religion") despite being an advocate of the secularization theory in the 1950s/1960s.[4]

Berger spent the majority of his career teaching at The New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, and Boston University.

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