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The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World
We live in a wired world where 24/7 digital connectivity is increasingly the norm. Christian megachurch communities often embrace this reality wholeheartedly while more traditional churches often seem hesitant and overwhelmed by the need for an interactive website, a Facebook page and a twitter feed. This book accepts digital connectivity as our reality, but presents a vis ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Abingdon Press
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Dec 14, 2016 Robert D. Cornwall rated it it was amazing
We live in a digital age. Smart phones, tablets, and computers seem to be omnipresent. Many of us constantly check our smart phones to see what's going on in the world as reported on one of many social media sites, from Facebook to Twitter. There has been much discussion in religious circles about the benefits and the detriments of this digital age. Could this digital revolution irreparably damage the social fabric of our world. We've all heard and seen signs of people sitting at a table in a re ...more
I am not the target audience for this book, and I think that fact is the most important piece of my own review of this. I'm a millennial who grew up with the developing idea of virtual community--there are a handful of friends whom I've either never met in person or whom I only see once every couple of years and to whom I am otherwise connected via things like Facebook or (long ago) LiveJournal or even sites like this, like Goodreads. An online component of a relationship isn't weird to me and I ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book on both a personal and professional level - yes, it's not perfect (what is?) - and I had a few quibbles with the sense that face-to-face is still the ULTIMATE to aim for, but the author works with young adults, researches faith and digital, and has Stage IV cancer - so lots of helpful overlaps. Well written and based within theology to illustrate that church has always had a 'virtual' dimension, from Paul's letters to the early church, and it's about understand ...more