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Faith on the Web: Transformations in Religious Experience, An Exploratory Panel Discussion
Digital communications via the internet and other forms of social media have fundamentally transformed how people learn about and participate in religious practice. Religious institutions in the 21st century continue to struggle with the powerful decentralizing effect the web is having on traditional religious authority and on the modes of intellectual and theological exchanges among scholars, religious leaders, congregants and outside observers. Beyond internal dynamics, there seems also to be emerging a “Wikipedia” effect, or a “web consensus” dynamic, in which practitioners interpret and share their perspectives on faith and worship outside traditional institutions, structures and lines of authority. People are creating their own online spiritual communities that may well compete with, or even overtake, historical communities.
Join us for a lively discussion with professionals and researchers who are exploring these questions, and what this all may mean for the future of religion and religious culture.
- Peter Haas: Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University
- Darin Freeburg: Doctoral Candidate, Center for the Study of Information and Religion, College of Communication, Kent State University
- Doris Donnelly: Professor of Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Director of the The Cardinal Suenens Center, John Carroll University
- Mark Eddy (moderator): Research Services Librarian for Religious Studies, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University
When: Thursday, March 28, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor)
For additional information, contact Mark Eddy at 216.368.5457 or email@example.com
Parking information: http://library.case.edu/ksl/whoweare/visitorinfo/
Posted by Hannah Levy on March 13, 2013 09:39 AM