• Digital Social Space? Interpreting Digital Action and Behavior for Today’s Churches

    Author(s):
    Jonathan Best (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Liminal Theology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology
    Subject(s):
    Theology, Practical theology, Philosophy, Continental philosophy, Technology, Henri Lefebvre, Social media
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Association of Practical Theology (APT) – 2014 32nd Biennial Conference
    Conf. Org.:
    Vanderbilt Divinity School
    Conf. Loc.:
    Nashville, TN
    Conf. Date:
    March 28-30, 2014
    Tag(s):
    Michel de Certeau, church
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZG3S
    Abstract:
    The internet has changed the ways human beings connect and understand one another. Through the use of social media, people find themselves immersed in a digital environment consisting of various practices and behaviors. As Christianity continues to negotiate the often tricky relationship it has with digital experience, what philosophical and methodological stance should practical theology take towards the internet? This paper argues that Henri Lefebvre’s concept of social space provides a helpful avenue to engage contemporary digital interactivity and experience. Social space is the lived expression of exchanged between subjects who both live in and comprise it. As such, churches should recognize the internet’s social spatiality. The internet is no longer something one uses as a tool; instead it has become woven into the very fabric of contemporary life. A total reorientation towards the internet, by churches and theologians, is necessary in order to connect to contemporary culture and religion.
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