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By Peter L. Berger

Influential student Peter L. Berger finds 5 indicators that time to the supernatural and its position in a latest secular society Acclaimed pupil and sociologist Peter L. Berger examines faith in twentieth-century Western society, exploring the social nature of data and its impact on spiritual trust. utilizing 5 symptoms glaring in traditional life—order, play, wish, damnation, and humor—Berger demands a rediscovery of the supernatural as a very important, wealthy measurement of humanity. Conceived as a reaction to his influential publication The Sacred Canopy, Berger eschews technical jargon and speaks at once and systematically to these, like himself, who desire to discover non secular questions.

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Is never a symbol. Every remains merely a sign and . psychic product, in so far as it is the best possible expres' sion at the moment for a fact as yet unknown or only relatively also that known, may be regarded as a symbol, provided we are prepared to accept the expression as designating something that is only divined and not yet clearly conscious. 1 Coomaraswamy makes the same point in a slightly different way: It is one of the prime errors of historical and rational analysis to suppose that the "truth" and of a legend can be separated from miraculous elements.

Because man was subsequently created in the image of I AM, the appearance of his Glory was always considered as having the human form. X His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; / and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 2 and his feet like unto fine brass, as if \ they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two/edged sword; and his countenance was as the sun when it shines in its 2 strength.

It is true that in the Christian mind conceives Lucifer not as an ugly old goat>man but as an angel of dark beauty and deceptive glory a super/ natural, psychic entity which plots against our welfare with In the Beginning 45 beyond the range of the most intricate human Against this Power no amount of purely human or goodwill is of the slightest avail, for the most heroic a cleverness far intellect. effort man-made so easily netted in its own pride, and seltinterested motivation. Against the wiles of holiness confused by its is an archangel the only protection is the Grace of God.

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