Friending God: Social Media, Spirituality and Community

Friending God: Social Media, Spirituality and Community


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2017 Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention, Spiritual

Understanding the new coordinates of cyberspace, community and faith. Who am I online? Are cyber-friendships real? The internet has become an existentially new reality of our lives. It stirs questions about who we are as people, and what we long for in the depths of our souls. Jesuit Antonio Spadaro is one of Pope Francis’ close advisors on social media and cybertheology. He offers here clear, and simple principles to understand the spirituality of the internet, its promise and peril. We the people of the 21st century are creatures of the World Wide Web, always online, always connected, always communicating. And we—like all others throughout history—have created this technology in our own image, which gives this creation of ours a spiritual dimension as well. The Church knows the truth of this well, and it has known for a long time. This book offers an accessible introduction to a profound understanding of how we can use social media in ways that make us more whole, and fulfill our deeper desires of social connection. Everyone who wants to give a spiritual dimension to their life, and uses the internet must read this book.

(This is the English language edition of the Crossroad Publishing title Compartir a Dios en la red, ISBN 9780824501426)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824522148
Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Church at the Crossroad Series
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Antonio Spadaro, SJ, is the editor in chief of the Jesuits’ biweekly review, La Civiltà Cattolica. Since entering the Society of Jesus in 1988, he has worked in a variety of capacities, including joining the review’s community in 1998. He has been a part of the review ever since. In late 2011, he became the review's editor in chief. Fr. Spadaro considers his work to be part of the new cybertheology – “thinking faith in the Internet age”. Robert H. Hopcke holds two degrees in counseling: a Master of Arts in Theology, with a Pastoral Counseling emphasis, from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, which is the degree under which he received my Marriage and Family Therapist license in 1986, and a second Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay). Robert translates from Italian and French.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Spiritual Technology 11

2 The Web and Relationships 17

3 The Internet Is a Real Place 22

4 Faith and Knowledge in the Age of the Internet 27

5 Not Just Connections but Communion 32

6 The Place of the Gift 39

7 Who Is Our Neighbor Online? 46

8 Incarnation and Witness 55

9 Church of Connections or Mystical Body? 60

Conclusion 65

Notes 67

Reflection Guide Prepared Daniella Zsupan-Jerome 71

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