Digital Religion
Fig. 1. Digital Religion. Courtesy of Routledge, 2012.

Routledge publishes a new book titled "Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds" edited by Heidi A. Campbell from the Texas A&M University.

Publication Data

Campbell, Heidi A. Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-415-67611-3.


Digital Religion offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and new media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of new media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From cell phones and video games to blogs and Second Life, the book:

- provides a detailed review of major topics
- includes a series of case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations
- considers the theoretical, ethical and theological issues raised.

Drawing together the work of experts from key disciplinary perspectives, Digital Religion is invaluable for students wanting to develop a deeper understanding of the field.

Table of Contents

Part I
Community Heidi Campbell 
Authority Pauline Cheong 
Religion Greg Grieves 
Ritual Christopher Helland 
Identity Mia Lövheim 
Authenticity Kerstin Radde-Antweiler 
Part II
Japanese New Religions Online: Hikari no Wa and "Net Religion" Erica Baffelli 
Digital Storytelling and Collective Religious Identity in a Moderate to Progressive Youth Group Lynn Schofield Clark and Jill Dierberg 
Islamizing New Media Nabil Echchaibi 
Charting Frontiers of Online Religious Communities: The Case of Chabad Jews Oren Golan 
Considering Religious Community through Online Churches Tim Hutchings 
">Go Online!< Said My Guardian Angel" The Internet as Platform of Religious Negotiation Nadja Miczek 
The Kosher Cell Phone in Ultra-Orthodox Society: A Technological Ghetto within the Global Village? Tsuriel Rashi 
Hindu Worship Online and Offline Heinz Scheifinger 
Playing Muslim Hero: Constructing Religious Identity in Video Games Vit Sisler 
Formation of a Religious Technorati: Negotiations of Authority Among Australian Emerging Church Blogs Paul Teusner 
The Digital Bricoleur: Authenticity in a Wired World Rachel Wagner 
Virtual Buddhism: Buddhist Ritual in Second Life Louise Connelly 
Part III
Theology and the Internet Stephen Garner 
Theoretical Frameworks for Approaching Religion and New Media Knut Lundby 
Ethics in Internet Research Mark Johns

About the Author

Heidi A. Campbell is Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University, USA. Her books include Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang, 2005) and When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge, 2010).

To order the book online visit the Routledge website.