Digital Jesus: The Making of a New Christian Fundamentalist Community on the Internet [NOOK Book]

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In the 1990s, Marilyn Agee developed one of the most well-known amateur evangelical websites focused on the “End Times”, The Bible Prophecy Corner. Around the same time, Lambert Dolphin, a retired Stanford physicist, started the website Lambert’s Library to discuss with others online how to experience the divine. While Marilyn and Lambert did not initially correspond directly, they have shared several correspondents in common. Even as early as 1999 it was clear that they were members of the same online ...

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Digital Jesus: The Making of a New Christian Fundamentalist Community on the Internet

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Overview

In the 1990s, Marilyn Agee developed one of the most well-known amateur evangelical websites focused on the “End Times”, The Bible Prophecy Corner. Around the same time, Lambert Dolphin, a retired Stanford physicist, started the website Lambert’s Library to discuss with others online how to experience the divine. While Marilyn and Lambert did not initially correspond directly, they have shared several correspondents in common. Even as early as 1999 it was clear that they were members of the same online network of Christians, a virtual church built around those who embraced a common ideology.

Digital Jesus documents how such like-minded individuals created a large web of religious communication on the Internet, in essence developing a new type of new religious movement--one without a central leader or institution. Based on over a decade of interaction with figures both large and small within this community, Robert Glenn Howard offers the first sustained ethnographic account of the movement as well as a realistic and pragmatic view of how new communication technologies can both empower and disempower the individuals who use them. By tracing the group’s origins back to the email lists and “Usenet” groups of the 1980s up to the online forums of today, Digital Jesus also serves as a succinct history of the development of online group communications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814773093
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 223
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Robert Glenn Howard is associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently he is associate director of the Folklore Program at Wisconsin and editor of the journal Western Folklore.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: Vernacular Christian Fundamentalism on the Internet 1

2 9/11 at the Bible Prophecy Corner: Enacting the Virtual Ekklesia 23

3 Networking the Apocalypse: End Times Communication in Newsgroups and Email Lists, 1992 to 1995 46

4 The Millennial Web, 1996 to 2000 70

5 The End Times in Participatory Media: Rapture Ready and Beyond 114

6 Toward a Truer Charity: Tolerance in an Age of Network Media 146

7 Conclusion: Attending to Vernacular Theology 171

Notes 179

References 181

Index 201

About the Author 213

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