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Missio Dei in a Digital Age

Missio Dei in a Digital Age

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334059110
Number of Pages: 288
Published: 30/12/2020
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

An unprecedented technological revolution is sweeping across the world. Every sphere of life from communications, work, economy, leisure, our homes, health care and even religious practice is changing in response to the growth not just of digital technology but of a new world-embracing digital culture. Where is God in all this change? How does God’s mission impact digital culture?

This volume argues that digitalization is radically changing both the methods and conditions of missions, as well as calling for a re-appraisal of contemporary missiology. In a new culture, mission needs to be rethought, re-contextualised, re-formed for a new world.

Featuring chapters by theologians, social scientists, computer scientists and practitioners this volume is a timely exploration of the implications of digitality for missio Dei in thought and practice.

List of Contributors

1. Introduction: Missio Dei in a Digital Age 1

Jonas Kurlberg

Part 1 Missiological Perspectives 21

2. Digital Inculturation 23

Katherine G. Schmidt

3. Mission: An Adventure of the (Digital) Imagination 36

Jonny Baker

4. Digital Theology: Practicing Local Theology in an Age of Global Technology 51

Rei Lemuel Crizaldo

Part 2 Missional Practices 73

5. Finding Jesus Online: Digital Evangelism and the Future of Christian Mission 75

Steve Hollinghurst

6. The Double-Edged Sword of the Cherubim: Do Algorithms Inhibit Our Access to the Knowledge of God? Google and Missio Dei in a Digital Age 98

Christian Grund Sørensen

7. Interactive Technologies, Missio Dei and Grassroots Activism 122

Erkki Sutinen and Anthony Cooper

8. Amusing Ourselves to New Life? Strategic and Pastoral Reflections on Digital Media and Contemporary Spirituality 150

John Drane and Olive Fleming Drane

9. Worship, Community and Missio Dei in a Digital Age 170

Maggi Dawn

10. Back to the Roots or Growing New Branches: Preaching, Orality and Mission in a Digital Age 195

Frida Mannerfeldt

Part 3 Public Theology and the Common Good 221

11. Vulnerable Children and Missio Dei in a Digital Age 223

Tim Davy

12. Public Faith, Shame and China’s Social Credit System 236

Alexander Chow

Conclusion 257

13. Conclusion: Missio Dei in a Digital Age 259

 Peter M. Phillips

Jonas Kurlberg, Peter M. Phillips

Jonas Kurlberg is a Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the Centre for Digital Theology, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University. Peter M. Phillips is a Research Fellow and Director at the Centre for Digital Theology, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University.

"The book represents an important reference point for all those who want to understand what it means to live the Christian faith in today's world. The Church is called to be where men and women live. And today they live a life that is intertwined between the physical and digital environment. The challenge then is what it means to live the faith in the time of the net. The book deals with essential and urgent issues and does so competently because it is the result of reflection based on the direct experience of the authors. For this reason, I strongly recommend it" -- Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ, editor in chief, "La Civiltà Cattolica"

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