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 (?) • Common circumstances • Place to meet • Mutual consolation, caring • Shared language
Community What is needed for community? • Place • People • Ability to communicate
Community • People • Communication • Relationships • Common interest or shared value • Place/Space • Time
PLACE / SPACE • Place: geographicalSpace: abstract • Landmarks • Sacred Spaces • What might a sacred space on the Internet look like?
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.
TIME • Cyberheavenhttp://www.teemax.com/HEARTS.htm • Y2Khttp://trbc.org/sermons/index.html
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
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 • 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 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?