Posts Categorized: Resources

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 »

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 »

Interactive History of Religion Map

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world’s most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Journal of Technology, Theology, and Religion

Journal of Technology, Theology, and Religion is a new online journal, edited by Joseph Duggan and published by Sopher Press. Their content is slowly evolving and I hope the design of the website will too. For now the latter is quite simple, but the former is already worth following. I like that they announce on… Read more »

Cyber pilgrimage – In the Courtyard of the Beloved

I just watched an amazing multimedia presentation of a Sufi shrine. I recommend you to immerse yourself (full screen volumes turned up, no interruption), as much as you can on a computer screen, into the world re-imagined and captured here. More on the experience after the official description: IN THE COURTYARD OF THE BELOVED (… Read more »