Give Me That Online Religion, by Brenda E. Brasher

Brenda Brasher believes that each generation must articulate ideas of the divine that make sense against the backdrop of its own time. Today's backdrop has been shaped by computers and computer-mediated communication, which have redefined many people's self-understanding and view of community. These changes add up to a "revolution in the making," most clearly expressed in popular and novel forms of online religion.

Along with largely conceptual chapters on presence, time, virtue, vice and human identity in cyberspace, Brasher offers case studies on "cyber-seekers" who find religion through the Internet, often on celebrity sites or on sites that deal in apocalyptic prediction. Her book is rich in intelligent surmise but thin on supporting evidence. A few examples may illustrate the promise that only further research and deeper analysis can realize.

 

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