Peter Berger. Photo via Boston University
CAIRO - 7 JULY 2017: Peter Berger, an influential theologist and sociologist who opposed the “God is Dead” movement, has passed away at the age of 88 on June 27 due to heart failure.
He founded the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University in 1985.
He was teaching for various universities, including Boston University, New School for Social Research, Brooklyn College and Rutgers University to name a few.
Berger, the author of scores of books, is most famous for his sociology work of knowledge called “ The Social Construction of Reality : A Treatise in Social Knowledge”, written with Thomas Luckmann in 1966.
He was named as of the most influential sociologist for his work by the International Sociological Association.
He argued that atheism is “blind in faith”, which caused a lot of controversy. He believed that by observing the natural world and common activities, one can find signals of a higher power, i.e. God.