The Technologizing of Faith: An Ethnographic Study of Christian University Students Using Online Technology

From: Volume 10, Issue 1: Spring 2013, Technological Innovation & Educational Ministry Pages 125-138

Abstract

This article examines the complex relationship between Christian living, online technology, and the “Christian Net Generation.”1 It is the culmination of a yearlong ethnographic research project in the lives of Christian undergraduate students and staff who are part of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. These Christian students use the Internet as extensions of their lives. They experiment with their faith online, which enhances their embodied spiritual experiences: attending church, sharing meals, communal Bible studies, and living together in communal housing. They demonstrate that it is possible to follow Jesus through the technologizing of their faith.
Key Words: technology, college and university, online learning, online education, online spirituality

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