They all acknowledged that secularization theory seemed to be holding true □ berger, peter l the sacred canopy: elements of a sociological theory of religion garden city: doubleday, 1967 □ cox, harvey secular city: secularization and urbanization in theological perspective new york: macmillan, 1966. Secularization while many are just now discovering taylor' s ideas on the secular with the publication of his new book this' thesis will be based on a retrieval of the sources of taylor' s 50+ year corpus in also following the sociologist peter berger in his book the desecularization of the world, where he n1akes the. 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. On both sides of the atlantic which were researched by the representa tives of ' religious sociology' (helle mans 1998: 68 berger 2001: 444) therefore, in their view the secularisation thesis is not an ideology based on antireligious sentiments, but the first attempt at developing a theory in the field of the sociology of religion,. 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. Like most other sociologists of religion of his day, berger once predicted the all- encompassing secularization of the world he has admitted to his own miscalculations about secularization, concluding that the existence of resurgent religiosity in the modernised world has proven.
In contrast to his later work, berger's early work adopts positions representing secularization theory, and these had a great influence on debates in the sociology of religion on the one hand, the early berger traces secularization back to the increasing pluralization of the religious field with the pluralization. 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. 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.
The first of these might be described as the power of his sociological testimony the authority of berger's contemporary views about religion were undergirded by a compelling story of change once a leading proponent of the 'secularisation thesis' (ie a belief that the agency of religion would necessarily. 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.
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. 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),.