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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 Human Being

The Human Being

Decoder and Search Engine for God

(p.19) Chapter 2 The Human Being

Antonio Spadaro

Fordham University Press

In this Chapter the author discusses the ways in which i-pods, and similar technological devices, have enabled us to develop a personalized sound-track to our lives, that may isolate us from ‘real life’, but which also has theological possibilities: how has this affected the ways in which we listen to God, which we have always believed needed silence and listening? Further, now that human beings can search on the internet, if we are searching for God, how have these new media affected that search? Is the religious, or the sacred, available at the touch of a button, or is this an illusory notion? Have the results of searches, which are connected to what we (and perhaps Google) feel that we need, become a sort of faith supermarket? Now that technological devices enable us to have contact that ‘orbits’ around us – that is tailor made for us as individuals – do we risk living in a bubble where we are only able to access a limited amount of information – and is what we do access through the search engine information that fits into what the search engine understands as our particular personal preferences? He offers the suggestion that we use discernment in our searches. In this ‘faith supermarket’, the Gospel may become one piece of news amongst many, yet, for Christians, the Gospel is the major message, even if, because of search engines and the way they are formed, there are always pieces of information that can escape the searches – and the search for this truth of the Gospel cannot be the subject of ‘Googleization’, because the Googleization of faith would always be false. A search for God, Spadaro says, is always semantic and always context dependent.

Keywords:   Ipod, Internet, Gospel, Google, Faith, Semantic

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