Posts By: Gabor Por

Church bans 9/11 Israel conspiracy priest from using social media

From the Telegraph The Church of England has recently banned the Reverend Stephen Sizer from speaking, writing, tweeting, or blogging on the Middle East. Reverend Stephen Sizer believes that Israel was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks and has been promoting conspiracy theories. Early in February, the Board of Deputies of British Jews filed a… Read more »

Free online course about Muslims in Britain

This free online course draws upon the research of Cardiff University’s Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK , taking an evidence-based approach to the understanding of the lives of Muslims living in Britain today. Learners will have the rare opportunity to hear the, often under-represented, voices of everyday British Muslims reflecting the… Read more »

Instapray

“You are not alone! Instapray is a safe place that connects people around the world through prayers. Request prayers, share your prayers, pray for someone, and get connected! Become a part of the Instapray community and share your love, support, happiness, or struggles with the world around you.” instapray.com ‘Instapray’ App Marvels Values Voters A… Read more »

Spadaro on Vatican journalism and digital media

The editor of “Civiltà Cattolica” speaks at the conference to launch Vatican Insider in Chinese and Arabic about the challenges of digital media to religious information …Relevance is not conferred by repeater websites, by “parroting” websites that re-launch the same content through an ably arranged strategy. This only creates an echo through which everyone hears… Read more »

New Issue of “Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet”

Vol 6 (2014) is out! What is the connection between digital media religiosity, Online jihad on Facebook, Virtual Christianity, religious topics in fan fiction, Kopimism, trans-European adaptions on Neo-Orthodox Tibetan Buddhism, Jainism online, Muslim Women on YouTube and online religion in contemporary Georgia? – It’s all subject to the new edition of online – Heidelberg… Read more »

‘Playing God’, a symposium on religion and video games

The gaming industry has recently surpassed Hollywood both in quantity and in revenues. In 2013 Silicon Valley generated revenues of $ 93 billion, a 17.7% increase on the amount earned in 2012. However, few academics have explored the phenomenon of religion in the world of video gaming. Therefore, on the 17th of October, the NOSTER… Read more »

App to help Jewish men form and find minyans anywhere

On July 8, Web development company RustyBrick released its newest mobile application for Android and iPhone users: Minyan Now. The New York-based company, best known for creating a popular phone siddur, uses modern technology to enhance traditional Jewish practices. The company’s latest product is designed to help Jewish men form and find minyans anywhere. The… Read more »

The Study of Catholic Religious Authority on Facebook

A study is being conducted by Brian Altenhofen, a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University under the direction of Dr. Heidi Campbell, in order to look at the way American Catholic Priests use Facebook. Recent studies have looked at the way new media is being negotiated by religious leaders of the Buddhist, Islamist, and Evangelical… Read more »

Churches embrace apps for sermon notes, social media, bulletins, but focus can be a concern

When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, no one takes a bulletin. Instead, they whip out their smartphones, tap the silver “Get Hope” app and open the sermon notes. “We never really knew if anybody was reading them,” said Joe Woolworth, the church’s media director. “People would… Read more »