By Antonio Spadaro
This e-book, written via Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the Editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, has been translated via Maria approach, who focuses on subject matters on the subject of media and faith. the writer means that because the net has replaced, and is altering, the ways that we predict and act, it also needs to be altering the ways that we expect Christianity and its theology. To strengthen this topic, he makes use of the time period 'Cybertheology'.
Through the theoretical works of quite a few authors, e.g., Marshall McLuhan, Peter Lévy and Teilhard de Chardin, he affiliates the options of theology with theories which were expounded on the net. His resources come from media experiences and anthropology, in addition to theology. Spadaro additionally considers the hacker ethic in terms of Cybertheology. How has the web replaced our idea of theology? Has the net had related results at the taking into account Christianity that have been skilled after the improvement of different media technologies?
The publication goals to explain simply how pondering has replaced or remained a similar in an period that is frequently visible as one within which the media's alterations have sped up. It considers either the positives and negatives that could be linked to the web when it comes to Christianity and its theology.
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The Web, by its nature, is founded on links, that is, on reticular links, that are horizontal and not hierarchical: power and authority flow away from the center to the periphery. At any moment, maintains Lévy (2001, 105), new computers are connected, new information is put onto the Net. The more that cyberspace is extended and becomes “universal,” the less the world of information adds up. The universality of cyberculture is also devoid of a centre, beyond the univocal, directing lines. It is empty, without specific content.
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Networks are made up of the choices and strategies of social actors, whether they are individuals, families or groups. In this vision, the Church will therefore be a support structure— a hub, a square—where people can cluster, giving life to clusters of connections. The term cluster has its equivalent in the telematics world, because it identifies a computer ensemble connected across a Web. The purpose of a cluster is to spread very complex processes among the various computers that are part of its makeup.
Cybertheology : thinking Christianity in the era of the internet by Antonio Spadaro