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Technically Christian. Christianity and the Internet LTSG J-Term 2003 MGVHoffman. The 4 “C’s” of the Internet. Content Commerce Communication Community. Community. What do we mean by community?. Relationship Face to face (?) Gathering People Common interest (?) Shared values (?)

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Technically Christian

Christianity and the Internet

LTSG

J-Term 2003

MGVHoffman


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The 4 “C’s” of the Internet

  • Content

  • Commerce

  • Communication

  • Community


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Community

What do we mean by community?

  • Relationship

  • Face to face (?)

  • Gathering

  • People

  • Common interest (?)

  • Shared values (?)

  • Common circumstances

  • Place to meet

  • Mutual consolation, caring

  • Shared language


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Community

What is needed for community?

  • Place

  • People

  • Ability to communicate


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Community

  • People

  • Communication

  • Relationships

  • Common interest or shared value

  • Place/Space

  • Time


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PLACE / SPACE

  • Place: geographicalSpace: abstract

  • Landmarks

  • Sacred Spaces

  • What might a sacred space on the Internet look like?


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TIME

How long is a long time on the net?

  • The Internet and Time

    • Past, Present, Future

    • Static / Dynamic

    • Timelessness / Omni-present (omnitemporal)

  • Sacred Time

You are (become) where you spend your time.


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TIME

  • Cyberheavenhttp://www.teemax.com/HEARTS.htm

  • Y2Khttp://trbc.org/sermons/index.html


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TIME

  • Religion and Time

    • Creation

    • Week/end

    • Holidays / Holy Days

A potent attraction of world religions is the unusual experience of time they deliver.

Brenda E. Brasher

Give Me That Online Religion


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TIME

  • Sacred Time

  • What might sacred time look like on the Internet?

Cyberspace time further whittles away at human patience by nudging a concrete society into a pattern of activity devoid of sleep cycles.

Brenda E. Brasher

Give Me That Online Religion


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Religious Community

  • What would an online community of faith look like?

  • How would it be different from and similar to present communities of faith?

  • How can we create a community of faith online?


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Christianity and the Internet

What is the question?

  • How do we preserve traditional Christian values as we use the Internet?

  • How do we Christianize the Internet?

  • What would an indigenous Internet Christianity look like?

  • How do we use the unique characteristics of the Internet in evangelism and support?

  • What can traditional Xnty and Internet contribute to each other?


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