This means that a whole body of literature written by historians and social scientists over the course of the 1950s and '60s, loosely labeled as secularization theory, was essentially mistaken in my early work i contributed to this literature and was in good company so doing - most sociologists of religion had similar views. Peter l berger: further thoughts on religion and modernity [published in society, july-‐august 2012] in recent decades there has developed a veritable cottage industry of commentary, criticism and reiteration of so-‐called secularization theory i will not delve here into the details of what has been a storm in the teapot of. The eminent sociologist peter berger, a pioneering theorist of “the secularization thesis,” as it is sometimes called, made news two decades ago when he announced that the thesis was “essentially mistaken” in the 1990s, berger came to the conclusion that the empirical evidence simply did not support the. This was the central argument of peter l berger's early approach (before his conversion to being critical of secularization theory), which was built on the idea that any belief or belief system relied on an intact “plausibility structure”, provided through social affirmation but christianity's plausibility structure. There are any number of people who became important spokespersons or advocates for the secularization thesis but the person i'll point to, because he was probably the most influential, was a person by the name peter berger who argues that, in fact, if you want to trace the origins of secularization, you.
At its core berger's argument points out the following huge distinction: simply put: modernity is not characterized by the absence of god but by the presence of many gods”with two exceptions to this picture of a furiously religious world one is. Secularization theory is a term that was used in the fifties and sixties by a number of social scientists and historians basically, it had a very simple proposition it could be stated in one sentence modernity inevitably produces a decline of religion peter l berger, gregor thuswaldner a conversation with peter l berger. Peter l berger there now exists a body of thought in the historical and social sciences that has, quite accurately, been called secularization theory this theory , of course, has not been without its critics, but even for them it has served as a useful foil for various explorations of the fate of religion in the contemporary world. Secularization has a long history of theory relating to the idea that religion will become less powerful as a social institution with the progress of “modernity” for example, berger defines the term as meaning: “the process by which sectors of society and culture are removed from the domination of religious institutions and.
The other exception to the falsification of the secularization thesis is the existence around the world of a thin layer of humanistically educated people--a cultural elite i was recently a consultant on a study of 11 countries that examined what we called normative conflicts--basic conflicts about philosophical and moral issues. Berger, peter l the sacred canopy: elements of a sociological theory of religion garden city: doubleday, 1967 (note: the following review treats solely the first half of the sacred canopy, ie, not the secularization hypothesis of the second half that was later rejected by berger) as a component of social reality.
This challenge, however, is not the one assumed by secularization theory looked at globally, there are two particularly powerful religious explosions— resurgent islam and dynamic evangelical protestantism passionate islamic movements are on the rise throughout the muslim world, from the atlantic. On the other hand, critics of the secularization thesis argue that individual religious participation is not in decline, and pluralism is actually evidence of religious resurgence when analyzing secularization 1 peter berger, the sacred canopy: elements of a sociological theory of religion (anchor: 1967),.  peter berger on the failure of the secularization hypothesis [29:05] thirty years ago, there was a broad consensus among sociologists of religion that global modernization would lead to secularization world-class sociologist of religion, peter berger, explains why this hypothesis has failed on a grand scale, how the. Developments, peter l berger, one of the foremost advocates of secularization during the 1960s, recanted his historians and social scientists loosely labeled ' secularization theory' is essentially mistaken”4 in a fierce and secularization thesis: “after nearly three centuries of utterly failed prophesies and.
The secularization thesis, which left religion behind in pre-modernity, is the main reason for the inadequacy of ir's paradigmatic thinking to identify religion as a part of modern it also meant for “the autonomization of societal sectors from the domination of religious meaning” (berger et al, 1966: 74. An interview with peter berger charles t mathewes you're known for arguing, most notably in the sacred canopy in the 1960s, for a theory of secularization and then for renouncing that theory in the 1990s what are the distinctively modern characteristics of how religion is lived today you're right, of course, that i. Check out thomas albert howard's post at the anxious bench on sociologist peter berger and his so-called secularization thesis howard writes: the eminent sociologist peter berger, a pioneering theorist of “the secularization thesis,” as it is sometimes called, made news two decades ago when he.