Peter Berger has influenced my thinking in relation to modernity a great deal. Here are a few quotes of his I noticed in some of my research notes which struck me as insightful:
“If there is going to be a renascence of religion, its bearer will not be the people who have been falling all over each other to be ‘relevant to modern man’.” (191)
“Transcendence has been, shall we say, declared ‘inoperative’ by the major agencies that ‘officially’ define reality—the universities, the school system, the medical system, the communications media, and to some extent even the courts.” (202)
“I believe that such a world view without transcendence must eventually collapse, because it denies ineradicable aspects of human experience.” (210)
The quotes here are from his 1977 collection, Facing up to Modernity (New York: Basic).