30 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 world as at least as religious as it ever was, but that. Quotes 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. 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. 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.  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.
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. In the desecularization of the world, he cites both western academia and western europe itself as exceptions to the triumphant desecularization hypothesis: that these cultures have remained highly secularized despite the resurgence of religion in the rest of the world berger finds that. Though an interest in modernity may be greater in the overall scheme of his work, discussions of secularization are the earliest consistent theme in the writing of sociologist and theologian peter berger from his very first book, he shows a great deal of interest in the causes of secularization, its effects, and possible ways.
Gregor thuswaldner: when you started out as a sociologist of religion, you had a very different view of secularization than you do today can you tell us about the concept, the so-called secularization thesis, and what it's about, and why you now think it's wrong peter berger: very good question the best question you could. 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. Secularization falsified by peter l berger february 2008 the mistake, i think, can be described as a confusion of categories: modernity is not necessarily secularizing it is necessarily pluralizing modernity is this challenge, however, is not the one assumed by secularization theory looked at globally.
With a blare of confidence, rodney stark dismisses the secularization theory as “ useless 4 peter berger, the desecularization of the world: resurgent religion and world politics (wm b eerdmans central thesis of rodney stark's “ secularization, rip”: that for three centuries “social scientists. Peter berger (1967) offers a micro-level version of the theory that focuses on the plausibility of religious concepts he argues that changes in religious consciousness are due not only to science and the enlightenment but also to the expanding social and cultural pluralism that is a central feature of liberalizing societies.
1 2 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. In 1968, the american sociologist and author peter l berger told the new york times that by the 21st century, religious believers are likely to be found only in small sects, huddled together to resist a worldwide secular culture berger. Sociologists of religion began to talk about 'the revenge of god' (gilles kepel), ' the return of the sacred' (daniel bell), 'the resurgence of religion' (david westerlund), and 'the desecularisation of the world' (peter berger) some experts even suggested that secularisation theory should be buried and left to rest in peace[11.
By peter berger for several decades sociologist peter berger has been one of the most interesting writers on religion and modern society 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. The key idea of secularization theory is simple and can be traced to the enlightenment: modernization necessarily leads to a decline of religion, both in society and in the minds of individuals peter l berger is professor of sociology and director of the institute for the study of economic culture at boston university.