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Cybertheology : thinking Christianity in the era of the by Antonio Spadaro

By Antonio Spadaro

This ebook, written via Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the Editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, has been translated via Maria manner, who makes a speciality of themes on the subject of media and faith. the writer means that because the web has replaced, and is altering, the ways that we predict and act, it also needs to be altering the ways that we predict Christianity and its theology. To strengthen this subject matter, he makes use of the time period 'Cybertheology'.

Through the theoretical works of numerous authors, e.g., Marshall McLuhan, Peter Lévy and Teilhard de Chardin, he affiliates the suggestions of theology with theories which have been expounded on the web. His resources come from media experiences and anthropology, in addition to theology. Spadaro additionally considers the hacker ethic when it comes to Cybertheology. How has the web replaced our thought of theology? Has the net had comparable results at the considering Christianity that have been skilled after the improvement of alternative media technologies?

The e-book goals to elucidate simply how pondering has replaced or remained an identical in an period that is frequently obvious as one during which the media's alterations have accelerated. It considers either the positives and negatives which may be linked to the web when it comes to Christianity and its theology.

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The direct relationship that is created on the Web, between the center and any point on the periphery, forms a “custom of the uselessness” of mediation incarnated in a certain moment in a certain place. The same observation, made by Lévy (1997b), who had in some ways already anticipated my thoughts in this book, applies here: My neighbor on the landing, with whom I exchange “good day and good night,” is very close to me in space, ordinary time, but is very far away from me on the plane of communication.

10 The IRS, for the purpose of tax exemption, has sought to define what qualifies as a church in an objective way, based on characteristics that can be easily recognized. According to the IRS, an institution qualifies as a church (and thus is tax-exempt) if it has: A distinct legal existence A recognized creed A formal code of doctrine and discipline A defined and distinct ecclesiastical government A formalized doctrinal code and discipline An autonomous religious history A membership that is not associated with any other church or denomination Ordained ministers, who must be selected after having completed prescribed studies Its own literature Its own established places of worship A regular community Regular religious ser vices Sunday schools for the religious instruction of the young.

All social networking platforms can both help and threaten relationships. Human relationships are not simply a game, and they need time and awareness to develop. The Web’s mediated relationships are always necessarily incomplete; people may not always be aware of each other’s true personality, even looks. Benedict XVI (2009b) wrote: The Mystical and Connective Body 31 It would be sad if our desire to sustain and develop friendships online were realized at the cost of the availability of the family, of neighbors and those we encounter in everyday reality, in our workplaces, at school, in our free time, When, in fact, the desires for virtual connection become obsessive, the consequence is that the person isolates themselves, breaking real social interaction.

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