TITLE

THE TECHNOLOGIZING OF FAITH: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF THE INTERNET PRACTICES OF CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS EVALUATED IN LIGHT OF THE WORK OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND ALBERT BORGMANN

AUTHOR(S)
YU-LING LEE
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN): Theses & Dissertat;2011, preceding p1
SOURCE TYPE
Essay
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This thesis examines the complex relationship between theology, online technology, and the "Christian Net Generation" (a moniker given to the first generation of Christians born into the culture of the Internet). It is the culmination of a yearlong ethnographic research project in the lives of Christian undergraduate students who are part of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. The qualitative research involved participatory observation, in-depth interviews, and documenting student experiences with online technology and spiritual practices. The theological framework is developed from two critical thinkers: Marshall McLuhan and Albert Borgmann. From their writings, we are able to construct a means of evaluating and discerning the underlying issues of Internet technologies and how they affect Christian faith and praxis. We are also able to begin a discourse about reforming online technologies in order to embrace focal concerns that display a lived Christianity. These Christian students use the Internet as extensions of their lives. Online technologies are used for leisure, gathering information, and enhancing spirituality. They may experiment with their faith online, but ultimately find their primary spiritual experiences through embodied activities together: attending church, sharing meals, communal Bible studies, and living together in communal housing. They demonstrate that it is possible to follow Jesus through the technologizing of their faith.
ACCESSION #
97196452

 

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