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Visiting Scholar

Peter BergerPETER BERGER, Ph.D.
2015-16 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Center for Evangelicalism & Culture at Gordon College 

Professor Berger is Professor Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology and Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University.

Peter Berger has graciously accepted a one-year appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Gordon College beginning on August 1, 2015. His stipend is funded through philanthropic dollars to the Center for Evangelicalism & Culture. During the coming year, among other activities, he will serve as consulting editor on a special edited volume on theological issues in religious pluralism, lecture and respond to presentations on religious pluralism, and continue to serve as principal advisor and consultant for the Center's Templeton Project, a grant application with the John Templeton Foundation titled, "Evangelicalism in Modernizing Cultures."

Book Project

Evangelicalism, Modernity, and Pluralization in Culture

Dr. Berger will write the preface and serve as Consulting Editor to this book project, addressing the implications of religious pluralism for evangelicals in everyday life. The complex interrelationship between religion and modernity is central to many of the contemporary challenges that accompany globalization. This book attempts to understand the everyday implications of cultural and religious pluralism, exploring its effects in context and providing direction for academics, pastors and lay people in how to think about pluralism and how to live with its complexity.

Biography
Dr. Peter Berger is Professor Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology at Boston University, Director Emeritus at the Institute on Culture, Religion, & World Affairs at BU, Former Distinguished Professor at Baylor University. B.A. Wagner College; M.A., Ph.D., New School for Social Research. Professor Berger previously taught at the New School for Social Research, at Rutgers University, and at Boston College. He has written numerous books on sociological theory, the sociology of religion, and Third World development, which have been translated into dozens of foreign languages. Among his more recent books are Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience (1997); Modernity, Pluralism and the Crisis of Meaning (with Thomas Luckmann, 1995); The Capitalist Revolution: Fifty Propositions About Prosperity, Equality and Liberty (1988); and The War Over the Family: Capturing the Middle Ground (with Brigitte Berger, 1983). In 1992, Professor Berger was awarded the Manes Sperber Prize, presented by the Austrian government for significant contributions to culture. His most recent book The Many Altars of Modernity was published by deGruyter (2014) and is already being translated into German. His work has served as one of the foundations of the C&C’s proposal on “Evangelicalism in Modernizing Cultures”, for which the John Templeton Foundation has funded the planning grant.