Monthly Archives: November 2010

Center for the Study of Information and Religion

I just learned today about a new organization via email.  Daniel Roland, an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University informed an email list about the newly formed Center for the Study of Information and Religion. He is seeking grant funding for a project to create a digital repository… Read more »

Pros and cons of being a heretic on Faceboook

In the November 13 issue of USA Today there was an article about “A mysterious blogger who set off an uproar in the Arab world by claiming he was God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad is now behind bars — caught in a sting that used Facebook to track him down.” Below is… Read more »

Drash: Vayetze – Interwebz literacy

This week’s parasha*, Vayetze (Genesis 28:10–32:3), starts with these lines Jacob left Beer-sheba, and set out for Haran. He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. He… Read more »

Is Facebook God?

On November 7 I led a group discussion at my synagogue with a group of teenagers talking under the purposefully provocative title “Is Facebook God?”  We took Maimonides‘ 13 attributes of God and attempted to compare it to Facebook or at least discover connections to it. Most of the nine teens and their group leader seemed to enjoy the conversation… Read more »

NMC: Religion Online

Elizabeth Pyatt, a Penn State Instruction Designer, participated in New Media Consortium‘s 2008 summer conference. There she attended a presentation by Edward Lamoureux of Bradley University, titled “Expanding our Knowledge About Online Religion and Religion Online.” This presentation reports research about online religion and religion online (OR/RO) in virtualSecond Life communities. Extant literature about OR/RO is based on,… Read more »

Articles added in October

I keep an ever-growing list of articles on the topic of religion online. In the month of October I added 40 entries to it. A lot of them dating back several years, some goes back 12. As I am new to the field I need to familiarize myself with the older materials too, so recency would not reign over… Read more »

Cybersociology: Religion Online / Techno-Spiritualism

Cybersociology Magazine was  a forum for the cross-disciplinary academic discussion of life online, until September 1999. Its last, seventh web based issue, focusing on Religion Online / Techno-Spiritualism, had five relevant articles: The Spirtual Cyborg, by Erik Davis, a San Franciso-based writer, culture critic, and independent scholar who recently published “TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism… Read more »

Articles published in October

I am aware of seven articles that were published in October 2010 that directly relate to the topic of religion online. I will list them below with the abstracts if available. Sidenote: I was pleased with myself when I read Heidi Campbell’s blog entry listing “New Publications in Religion and the Internet. She is a… Read more »