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Ivanov A. V. Digital Religion. Izvestiya Saratovskogo Universiteta. New seria. Seria Phylosophy. Psychology. Pedagogics, 2018, vol. 18, iss. 4, pp. 377-381. DOI:


Digital Religion

The study of social networks, interactions, and relationships has a long history in academia. That social networks play a central role in religious life of recent society is well accepted by most social scientists. For instance, they are crucial for the recruitment and affiliation of members, the diffusion of religious ideas and practices, motivating people of faith to volunteer and become politically activity. Still, however, much work remains at the level of defining the phenomenon of online religion. Little theoretical work exists that provides frameworks for explaining online religious activities in terms of larger social and cultural processes. The concept of “digital religion” is investigated as a way to encapsulate how networked society impacts and influences the culture and religion. This article suggests that religion in all its forms and functions is transferring and blending with the digital world. By examining several current digital religion theories is shown that each theory has its own merits and perspectives.


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