A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the by Peter L. Berger

By Peter L. Berger

Influential student Peter L. Berger unearths 5 symptoms that time to the supernatural and its position in a contemporary secular society Acclaimed student and sociologist Peter L. Berger examines faith in twentieth-century Western society, exploring the social nature of data and its impact on non secular trust. utilizing 5 symptoms glaring in traditional life—order, play, wish, damnation, and humor—Berger demands a rediscovery of the supernatural as a vital, wealthy measurement of humanity. Conceived as a reaction to his influential ebook The Sacred Canopy, Berger eschews technical jargon and speaks without delay and systematically to these, like himself, who desire to discover non secular questions.

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Take, for instance, the book of Job, wherein suffering, calamities, moral evil and wickedness are in sharp focus: nowhere in this book is there a comprehensive concept of evil as such, let alone awareness of a theological 'problem of evil'. 10: 'adversity', as translated by the NKJV, and not 'evil', as rendered, for example, by Driver and Gray,15 is the more accurate meaning of 17"1 here). 20) Job does not imply at all that he considers the very existence of evil a theological problem. 5-7) reference is made to the omnipotence of God, His unlimited power, but not to His mastery of evil.

Talshir et al. (eds), Homage to Shmuel: Studies in the World of the Bible 34 The Problem of Evil and its Symbols in Jewish and Christian Tradition perspective, the Sumerian laments do not blame the destruction of Mesopotamian cities and temples by the high gods, An and Enlil, on the sins of the people. The gods have their own reasons or no reason at all. 31 The point should not be overstated, however; for while sin is occasionally mentioned in Lamentations, that sin is never specified. 34 The crime is explicit.

Do the primordial creatures ] P "*, 1 ^ j "^ 3 P function in the Bible as symbols of existential, presently active, evil? We cannot discuss here all the relevant texts needed to justify our negative answer to this question, but the following are two examples, once again taken from the book of Job. 2£Q "" ^U D£TI n D | ^ ] HDN ('am I a sea or a sea monster that thou settest watch 16. For a discussion of Ps. 104 and its polemic against the Egyptian Hymn to Athon, see: Y. Hoffman, 'Psalm 104', in M.

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