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Understanding
Networked Religion

Literacy: connecting media theory and theological reflection
Literacy: navigating hybrid and digital cultures

The ministry landscape facing church leaders today is profoundly shaped by new media and the patterns of social engagement media ecologies help shape.

In this discussion guide for students, faculty, and administrators, influential scholar of religion and the Internet Heidi Campbell introduces a theoretical framework she calls Networked Religion. Understanding the five traits of Networked Religion will help learners ask and address important questions about the future of faith.

Excerpt:

The purpose of this module is to provide a framework for discussing how religion is practiced on the Internet and through other digital media, in order to consider the broader shift in how people conceive of and practice religion in digital culture. The concept of networked religion is introduced as a way to discuss some of the dominant patterns and assumptions shaping popular belief and practices related to religion both online and offline within contemporary popular culture. These traits of networked religion have important ethical, theological, and practical implication for people involved in pastoral care, religious education, and spiritual development.

Cover - Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Campbell, Heidi. (2012). Understanding the relationship between religion online and offline in a networked society. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 80(1), 64-93. [link]

Networked Theology cover

Campbell, H. A., & Garner, S. (2016). Networked Theology: Negotiating Faith in Digital Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. [link]

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