Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet

Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet

Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet

Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet

Synopsis

This book, written by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the Editor of La Civilta Cattolica, has been translated by Maria Way, who specializes in topics relating to media and religion. The author suggests that since the Internet has changed, and is changing, the ways in which we think and act, it mustalso be changing the ways in which we think Christianity and its theology. To develop this theme, he uses the term "Cybertheology".Through the theoretical works of a variety of authors, e.g., Marshall McLuhan, Peter Levy and Teilhard de Chardin, he associates the concepts of theology with theories that have been expounded on the internet. His sources come from media studies and anthropology, as well as theology. Spadaro alsoconsiders the hacker ethic in relation to Cybertheology. How has the internet changed our notion of theology? Has the internet had similar effects on the thinking of Christianity that were experienced after the development of other media technologies?The book aims to clarify just how thinking has changed or remained the same in an era which is often seen as one in which the media's changes have speeded up. It considers both the positives and negatives that may be associated with the internet in relation to Christianity and its theology.

Excerpt

Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? This is the title of a 2011 collection of interviews, edited by John Brockman, on the impact of the Internet on our lives. Is the Internet changing our way of thinking? The recent digital technologies are no longer tools or devices that exist totally apart from our bodies and minds. The Internet is not an instrument; it is an ambience which surrounds us. The handheld devices that permit us to be connected at all times are becoming ever lighter and smaller, making life’s digital dimensions almost transparent. They are open doors that are rarely closed. Who turns off an iPhone anymore? One charges it and puts it on vibrate, but one rarely turns it off. There are some who do not even know how to turn one off. If one carries a smartphone in one’s pocket, then one is always connected to the Internet.

Not surprisingly, a growing number of studies looks at the ways in which the Internet is changing our everyday lives and, more generally, our relationships with the world and with the people who are close to us. However, if the Internet is changing our ways of living and thinking, does it not also change (and . . .

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