Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet / Edition 1

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Overview

Religion Online provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this burgeoning new religious reality, from cyberpilgrimages to neo-pagan chatroom communities. A substantial introduction by the editors presenting the main themes and issues is followed by sixteen chapters addressing core issues of concern such as youth, religion and the internet, new religious movements and recruitment, propaganda and the countercult, and religious tradition and innovation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415970211
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorne L. Dawson is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His many publications include Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements and Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader. Douglas E. Cowan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of several books including the forthcoming Cyberhenge:Modern Paganism on the World Wide Web (Routledge, 2004).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Cyberfaith : how Americans pursue religion online 17
3 Popular religion and the World Wide Web : a match made in (cyber) heaven 23
4 Cyberspace as sacred space : communicating religion on computer networks 37
5 Young people, religious, identity, and the Internet 59
6 Religion and the quest for virtual community 75
7 Reading and praying online : the continuity of religion online and online religion in Internet Christianity 93
8 "This is my church" : seeing the Internet and club culture as spiritual spaces 107
9 "Rip. Burn. Pray." : Islamic expression online 123
10 The cybersangha : Buddhism on the Internet 135
11 New religions and the Internet : recruiting in a new public space 151
12 The Internet as virtual spiritual community : teen witches in the United States and Australia 175
13 The goddess net 189
14 The House of Netjer : a new religious community online 205
15 Virtual pilgrimage to Ireland's Croagh Patrick 223
16 Searching for the apocalypse in cyberspace 239
17 Contested spaces : movement, countermovement, and e-space propaganda 255
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