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Peter Berger To Lecture At Concodia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is pleased to announce that renowned scholar Dr. Peter L. Berger will present a lecture titled “Lutheran Identity in America” on Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Seminary’s Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The lecture will address the role of the Lutheran Church and its proclamation in the midst of a post-Christian, post-modern society. It will offer a critique of the successes and failures of theLutheran Church in offering a public witness to its theological positions.

“Peter L. Berger is one of the world’s foremost sociologists known especially for his penetrating analysis of the role of religion in contemporary culture,” commented Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto, director of the Seminary’s Institute on Lay Vocation, who arranged for Berger’s visit. “I have encouraged him to pull no punches in his address and we look forward with great anticipation to his appearance.”

Dr. Peter L. Berger is professor emeritus of religion, sociology and theology, and director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University, Boston, Mass. Previously, he taught at the New School for Social Research, Rutgers University and Boston College. He received the B.A. degree from Wagner College and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the New Schoolfor Social Research. He has written numerous books on sociological theory, the sociology of religion, and Third World development, which have been translated into dozens of foreign languages. In 1992, he received the Mannes Sperber Prize for significant contributions to culture from the Austrian government.

Dr. Berger also will be featured on KFUO’s radio program “Issues etc.” with Rev. Todd Wilken prior to his address on the Seminary campus.

For more information, contact Communications, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63051; (314) 505-7374;