The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion (Paperback)

Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

By Peter L. Berger

Anchor Books, 9780385073059, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1990



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.

About the Author

PETER L. BERGERis 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, andThe Capitalist Revolution."