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CybertheologyThinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet$
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Antonio Spadaro

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256990

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256990.001.0001

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The Internet

The Internet

Between Theology and Technology

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Internet

Antonio Spadaro

Fordham University Press

The chapter considers how the Internet has impacted on our day to day life and how the ways in which the technological devices on which we access this resource we call the Internet, have become lighter and easier to use, even by those with no real training, has meant that the borders between the ‘real’ world and the cyberworld have become almost invisible to us. Such technologies have also lead, he believes, to the need for humankind to re-form their minds. Despite the notion of a homo tecnologicus, Spadaro notes that mankind still has a spirituality. The technologies that we use can affect the higher reaches of man’s intelligence: thought, self-expression, communicating, understanding the world. Spadaro also suggests seven areas of communication and theology that have recently been researched. He further puts forward the notion that informatics language and its technologies have affected the ways in which we think about the religious and the intelligence of the faith. He does this by considering some terms that are, in English at least, used in computing, e.g., ‘to save’, ‘to justify’, ‘to convert’ and ‘to share’, and associates them with their theological understandings. He ends the first chapter by offering the reader an answer to the question: What is Cybertheology?

Keywords:   Internet, Technology, Cyberworld, homo tecnologicus, informatics, computing, theology, Cybertheology

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