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  • How to find faith in a religious environment Sep 5, 2008
    by OldTimer2

    Peter Berger's book was written in 1979, yet it touches upon the crucial issues of finding one's way to an authentic spiritualityamidst the many choices of the modern culture of the west.

    Berger thouroughly covers the back drop of Orotestant theology from the liberalism of Schliermacher ( a 19th century Protestant theologian) to the the strict neo-orthodoxy of Karl Barth ( e.g. the faith, once stated is not to be questioned in wording or belief).

    He tarces the positive and negative aspects of all subjects covered giving the reader a perspective not often offered by religious writers, even though Berger is a sociologist. He does justice to the fact that the "Protestant Church" in whatever denominational form it may take needs to re-examine what they offer their adherents or those who come to them as seekers in a world that is vastly different than the world in which Schliermacher and Bart wrote. In essence I would boil down Berger's book to a small speech from Hamlet, after he and his friends have see Hamlet's father's ghost, "There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio,then then are dreamt of in your philosophy."

    To discover what lies beyond the perceptions of an age in which most people view the universe from a Newtonian perspective is nowadays more crucial than ever. Some are willing to make the effort, others want simple answers that they can use to support their particular life style and do not want to go beyond that. To those who are real seekers I heartily commend Berger's book.

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