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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

Technically Christian

Christianity and the Internet

LTSG

J-Term 2003

MGVHoffman

the 4 c s of the internet
The 4 “C’s” of the Internet
  • Content
  • Commerce
  • Communication
  • Community
community
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
community4
Community

What is needed for community?

  • Place
  • People
  • Ability to communicate
community5
Community
  • People
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Common interest or shared value
  • Place/Space
  • Time
place space
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

religious community
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?
christianity and the internet
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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