“The Sacred Canopy”

Abstract

In this paper, the author reviews the first half of Perter Berger’s book about religion and society. The paper analyzes Berger’s concept that religion is a dialectical phenomenon in which religion emerges out of human beings as part of an ordered and meaningful social reality while at the same time, humans emerge out of paperback writer tab this socially-constructed paperback writer lesson world and, indeed, are only human because of such emergence.

From the Paper:

“As a component of social reality – particularly that component of social reality that legitimizes anomy (see below) – religion, according to Peter Berger, is a “dialectical phenomenon.” Thus, while religion emerges out of human beings as part of an ordered and meaningful social reality, humans – at the very same time – emerge out of this socially-constructed world and, indeed, are only human because of such emergence. This dialectical phenomenon is parsed out by Berger in terms of not two, but rather three concepts: externalization, objectivation and internalization.”

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