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Died: Peter Berger, Prominent Sociologist of Religion

(UPDATED) His work 'made all the theologians just want to be sociologists when they grew up.'
Died: Peter Berger, Prominent Sociologist of Religion
Peter L. Berger

Peter Berger, an “incurable Lutheran” who became one of America’s most respected sociologists of religion, has died.

Boston University (BU) announced the passing this week of the 88-year-old professor emeritus, who founded the school’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs in 1985 and led it to become a leading source of scholarship on “religion in an age of globalization.”

An opponent of the “God is dead” movement popular in academia, Berger became “something of a rock star among Christ-following academics,” Gordon College president and sociologist Michael Lindsay explained in a CT tribute.

Southern Seminary president Al Mohler praised Berger as “perhaps the most influential social thinker of our times” and “one of the individuals I cite most frequently.”

Berger’s writing was “so good that it made all the theologians just want to be sociologists when they grew up,” stated Gregory ...

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