THE PRECARIOUS VISION by Peter Ludwig Berger


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This book is highly to be recommended to the serious student of human affairs who knows how to handle such satire and polemic as Professor Peter Ludwig Berger (teacher of Sociology at the Hartford Seminary Foundation) uses in this book to serve his serious thinking. It is a devastating criticism of the fictitiousness and precociousness of society, which he sees as a stage on which everything contrives to prevent the individual from being himself, able and willing to accept the due reward of his deeds. Indeed the Church aids and abets this masque of role-playing as it shares in the social drama. Dr. Berger would remind us that the Christian faith is a challenge, not a comfort; indeed the Bible reveals God's dealings with men as antireligious, cutting him off from his ancient religious roots in the recurring cycles of nature and its ""divine"" forces. True confrontation with the living God of the Christian faith strips men of their alibis and disguises. The most terrifying aspect of man's encounter with God is not His condemnation of sin but the profound challenge to man's most cherished identifications. Such unmasking, through Christ, is the affirmation of man as a human being, made and loved by God. As men confront God's address, they perceive themselves in a new and more truthful way. As a sociological critique of human society this book deserves serious attention; as an interpretation of Christian faith it is challenging, penetrating, provocative, and dangerously (to old idols) near the truth.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday