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In Their Own Image?: Catholic, Protestant, and Holistic Spiritual Appropriations of the Internet

Ineke Noomen, Stef Aupers and Dick Houtman

in Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239450
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239498 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0022

Series: Future of the Religious Past (FUP)

In Their Own Image?: Catholic, Protestant, and Holistic Spiritual Appropriations of the Internet

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This chapter discusses how the particularities of religious heritages, especially their understandings of the opportunities offered and constraints imposed by the Internet, matter in the new medium's religious appropriation. Catholic web designers face the dilemma of either creating the room for dialogue, debate, and diversity invited by the medium or following Roman orthodoxy. Their Protestant counterparts find themselves caught between their predominantly text-centered legacy and the visual opportunities of web design, a problem further aggravated by the sensitivities of and contestations among competing Dutch Protestant churches. Those active in the institutionally fragmented field of holistic spirituality, finally, experience neither of these problems and appropriate the Internet as their allegedly “natural” habitat for spiritual sharing and connecting.

Keywords: Internet; Media; Web design; Roman Catholicism; Protestantism; Holistic spirituality; Technological determinism; Appropriation of technology; Netherlands

Chapter.  6460 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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