Church and the Internet

Church and the Internet

Susan Ella George (University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-714-0.ch007
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Abstract

his chapter considers the topic church and the Internet. We start with outlining some directories for “virtual religion,” defined earlier as that religion which finds electronic expression in the virtual world. We note that there are directories both for real-world churches with a Web presence, and those that are truly a stand-alone online initiative. The two types of “church” are often confused. We continue by looking at specific examples of entities that are solely based on the Internet. They call themselves :Internet church,” or might be called “Internet church.” The examples mentioned range from Internet ventures sponsored byofficial mainline churches (e.g., I-Church), providing paid staff for pastoral oversight, to those set up by self-help organisations for the blind (e.g., EChurch-UK), to satirical efforts at making religion humorous (e.g., Church of Fools), and sites that appear “scam-like,” designed for collecting funds, offering schemes to “get rich,” and giving ordination qualifications, and so forth.

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Acknowledgments
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Chapter 1
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This text examines technology and religion. We start by pausing to define technology. We find that the superficial definitions describe examples of... Sample PDF
Technology and Religion
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Chapter 2
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We start by outlining some of the problems concerning technology and society that have led people to reflect upon it. One of the most poignant... Sample PDF
The Philosophy of Technology
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Chapter 3
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In this chapter, we introduce and outline four different 21st century technologies. The most important 21st century technology is ICT–information... Sample PDF
21st Century Technologies
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Chapter 4
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In this chapter, we take a reflective look at these 21st century technologies, considering the future directions. Rather than specific projects or... Sample PDF
Future Directions and Challenges
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Chapter 5
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First, we consider the “spiritual search” that many have found to be foundational to humanity. Religion is foundational to humanity across the... Sample PDF
The Techno-Religious Age
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Chapter 6
21st Century Christian  (pages 106-128)
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This chapter makes a focus on in the 21st century. We start with a focus on the ideology that was Christendom, tracing its origins, rise, and... Sample PDF
21st Century Christian
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Chapter 7
Church and the Internet  (pages 129-154)
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his chapter considers the topic church and the Internet. We start with outlining some directories for “virtual religion,” defined earlier as that... Sample PDF
Church and the Internet
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Chapter 8
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This chapter focuses on Christian community. We start with a consideration of real Christian community, finding that it is unique because of the... Sample PDF
Christian Community: Real and Virtual
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Chapter 9
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In this chapter, we consider another aspect of the nexus of religion and technology. This is the idea that theology can actually inform technology.... Sample PDF
The Theology of Technology
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Chapter 10
The Philosophy of AI  (pages 200-220)
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As we shall see, the “theology of technology” can help inform the philosophical underpinnings of AI. We start with elucidating the idea of... Sample PDF
The Philosophy of AI
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Chapter 11
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This chapter discusses a new conception of computation. The conception is one of constraints rather than rules. In contrast to the rule-based... Sample PDF
Principle-Based Engineering
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Chapter 12
Beyond Culture  (pages 245-255)
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In this final chapter, we conclude the examination of religion and technology. We have explored both how technology is impacting religion and, in... Sample PDF
Beyond Culture
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