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New thoughts on the status of the religious Cyborg

TitleNew thoughts on the status of the religious Cyborg
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsEmerson Teusner, P
JournalJournal of Technology, Theology & Religion
Keywordscyborg, Religious sociology

This article suggests some implications of this development for the study of online religion.
Drawing from a survey of literature from the fields of religious sociology and studies into the religious construction of both Internet and user, this paper outlines how the Cyborg has served as a metaphor for the study of online religion, and how that metaphor has been shaped in line with the aims and pursuits of researchers. The arrival of Web 2.0, however, calls us to rethink the relationship between technology and user, and hence new questions must be asked by researchers. This paper suggests what these questions may be.