Georgetown backdrop


Peter Berger headshot

Peter Berger

Translate this text to: English 中文


This individual is not a direct affiliate of the Berkley Center. They have contributed to one or more of our events, publications, or projects. Please contact the individual at their home institution.

Peter Berger was one of the foremost scholars in the field of sociology of religion. A senior research fellow and professor emeritus of religion, sociology, and theology at Boston University at the time of his death in June 2017, he previously served as the founding director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. He also taught at the University of North Carolina, Hartford Theological Seminary, Rutgers, and the New School for Social Research. His work focused on sociological theory, sociology of religion, and issues at the intersection of theology and social science. His works include Questions of Faith: A Skeptical Reaffirmation of Christianity (2004), Religious America, Secular Europe (2008, with Grace Davie and Effie Fokas), and In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions without Becoming a Fanatic (2009, with Anton Zijderveld). Berger earned his B.A. from Wagner College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.

Opens in a new window