Wednesday 12 June 2024 - 23:44
'The Many Altars of Modernity' appears in Persian

IBNA- Comparative religion book, 'The Many Altars of Modernity: Toward a Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age' (2014) by Austrian-American scholar Peter L. Berger has been rendered into Persian and published.

This book has been translated into Persian by Ali Mortazavian. Tehran-based Sophia Publishing has released 'The Many Altars of Modernity' in 266 pages.

The term “pluralism” has a long history in philosophy, where it has basically meant that there are several ways of looking at reality… Rather I mean by pluralism a phenomenon, not in the mind of a philosophical thinker, but an empirical fact in society experienced by ordinary people (of whom, happily, there are many more than philosophers).

This book is the summation of many decades of work by Peter L. Berger, an internationally renowned sociologist of religion. Secularization theory—which saw modernity as leading to a decline of religion—has been empirically falsified. It should be replaced by a nuanced theory of pluralism.

In his new book The Many Alters of Modernity, Berger outlines the possible foundations for such a theory, addressing a wide range of issues spanning individual faith, interreligious societies, and the political order.

He proposes a conversation around a new paradigm for religion and pluralism in an age of multiple modernities. The book also includes responses from three eminent scholars of religion: Nancy Ammerman, Detlef Pollack, and Fenggang Yang.

Peter Ludwig Berger was born in Vienna, Austria on March 17, 1929. He immigrated to the United States when he was 17 years old. He received a bachelor's degree from Wagner College in 1949 and did his doctoral work at the New School in Manhattan.

He was a theologian who was known for his work in the sociology of knowledge, understanding how humans experience everyday reality. He taught at several universities including Boston University, the New School for Social Research, Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, and Boston College.

He wrote many books during his lifetime including 'The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge', 'A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural' and 'The Noise of Solemn Assemblies: Christian Commitment, The Religious Establishment in America' among others.


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