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Religion and the Internet

Gary R. Bunt

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588961.013.0040

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and the Internet

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This article on the Internet and religion emphasises the capacity of the former to transform religion in the areas of representation and adherent networking as a proselytising tool. This is happening to such an extent that some belief systems and practices may already be dependent on search-engine ratings and placement ‘to acquire and maintain an impact or profile’. For this reason and others – motivations can vary – religious organisations are increasingly becoming keen media and service providers.

Keywords: Internet; cyberspace; religion; belief systems; search-engine ratings; service providers

Article.  7022 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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