Title

The influence of information technologies on theology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2001

Publisher

SAGE Publishing

Abstract

Information systems affect theology in many ways. The Internet makes texts easily searchable and linked—but without any internal guideposts. Anyone can put up a theological Web page, appropriating the name “Catholic” without any official sanction. The media audience is not passive; it draws conclusions quite different from those who create the messages. Logical patterns of analysis have given way to image, word, sound, and movement. E-mail, chat rooms, videoconferencing, Web sites now merely replace regular mail and typewriters; they can develop into something quite different.

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