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Berger Radio Interview Will Precede Seminary Lecture

Renowned scholar Dr. Peter L. Berger will be interviewed on the radio program, Issues, Etc., on Thursday, March 16, at 5:00 p.m. (CST). The interview can be heard locally in the St. Louis area on KFUO radio (850 AM), and globally on the KFUO Web site (

The interview will precede Berger’s lecture at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on March 16 at 7:00 p.m. The lecture, “Lutheran Identity in America,” will be offered in the Seminary’s Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium. 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 the Lutheran Church in offering a public witness to its theological positions. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

“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 School for 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.

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