The Practice of Digital Religion
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The study of digital religion examines the influence religion and new media have upon one another. In recent decades, scholars of media and religion have paid increasing attention to the religious uses of new media. As the Internet has become embedded in our everyday lives, digital media increasingly informs the practice of religion, the things adherents do to enact their beliefs and express religious identity, the things adherents do to demonstrate their affiliation with a religion or religious community. This chapter examines the ways religious practice occurs within digital environments through the lens of religious ritual online. By considering the particular meanings and ways rituals are enacted through media, we identify how religious ritual highlights some of the common forms of religious practice found online.
KeywordsDigital religion Digital media Internet Online religion Religion online Ritual Spiritual network Worship space Missionary tool
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