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Comparative Methodologies and Theories

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Kent State University

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Online Religion? The Evolving Religious Information Landscapes Of Zen Buddhism And Roman Catholicism, Tim Gorichanaz Jan 2015

Online Religion? The Evolving Religious Information Landscapes Of Zen Buddhism And Roman Catholicism, Tim Gorichanaz

Advances in the Study of Information and Religion

Advances in technology allow for new modes of access to both secular and religious information. Historically, some religious groups seem to have been eager to accept technological developments, while others have done so reluctantly. Nevertheless, the sustainability of a religious tradition depends on the ability of its believers to continually access information in an evolving world. Modern technology has occasioned broader religious information landscapes than ever before, to the extent that religion can seemingly be practiced using entirely online tools. Is this possibility borne out in reality? Through a synthesis of the nature and historical development of Zen Buddhism and ...