cybertheology bibliography

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It's one of the great fallacies of the information age that computers are replacing paper books. Below, you will eventaully be able to find a selection of books I have found useful or interesting. It is by no means exhaustive, but I try to keep it up to date. Do, please, send me any suggestions for other publications that you think should be included.

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Anderson, Benedict
Imagined Communities

Anderson is a political philosopher.   This book looks at the way that community is understood by those who consider themselves to be part of it.   When it comes to defining community in cyberspace, much of what Anderson has to say applies.   It's one of those books that keeps getting quoted in scholarly papers and other people's work, so it's worth reading if only to see why people think it is relevant!
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Davis, Erik
Techgnosis

A really rather poetic investigation into the myth, mysticism and magic of technoculture.   Davis calls it a "resonating hypertext", which seems a little pretentious to me, but it is a scholarly and readable attempt to get to the core of meaning in a culture shaped and determined by technology.
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Beaudoin, Tom
Virtual Faith

This book explores the phenomenology of relgion and religiousity among Generation X.   It is written with huge enthusiasm and goes right to the heart of the cultural world of this generation.
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Cobb, Jennifer
Cybergrace

This book is the first I've seen to attempt a systematic theology of the internet.   Jennifer Cobb is both a computer expert and a trained theologian, and it shows!   I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but it's an excellent starting point for exploring cyberspace theologically.   If you only get one book on cybertheology, get this one.   It is challenging intellectually, but in the end, hugely satisfying.
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Groothius, Douglas
The Soul in Cyberspace

Not to be confused with Jeff Zaleski's The Soul of Cyberspace.   Altogether a more thorough book, written from a distinctly Christian perspective by a philosopher of religion.   This book asks some of the less comfortable questions about Christian use of the internet, and draws conclusions that are not altogether optimistic, but it remains a very dynamic response to the way that cyberspace impacts human society.
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Zaleski, Jeff
The Soul of Cyberspace

The meat of this book is a series of interviews with representatives of various religious traditions and viewpoints who have are seriously engaged with religion in cyberspace.   It's a very easy read, but the best aspect of it is the list of internet links at the end of each chapter which explore issues covered.   Zaleski offers little comment, and I feel that in the end, the book is somehow incomplete...JZ, if you get to read this, email me!!!
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Heap, Nick; Thomas, Ray; Einon, Geoff; Mason, Robert & Hughie Mackay
Information Technology and Society

This is an Open University publication.   The collection of essays addresses a huge range of perspectives on the subject: practical, theoretical and philosophical.   Each section has anintroduction which draws together the essays in that section.
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Jones, Steven G. (ed)
Cybersociety: Computer-mediated Communication and Society
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Virtual Culture: Identity and Communication in Cybersociety
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Cybersociety 2.0
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These three collections of essays on culture in cyberspace are essential to anyone who wants to understand what is happening as cyberspace develops its own sense of community and social life.  It is impossible to overstress how important the essays contained in these books are for setting the agenda in cybersocial studies.   Better still, they are all eminently readable, well referenced and pulled together with great sensitivity by Jones in his introductions.
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Kurtz, Lester
Gods in the Global Village

Increasing globalization is having far-reaching effects on religious thinking and practice.   This book surveys the sociological effects of globalization on religion, looking at multi-culturalism, social tensions and modernism.
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Balasuriya, Tissa
Mary and Human Liberation

Seminal book from the Sri Lankan Roman Catholic theologian which got him into serious trouble with the Vatican.
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Beckford, Robert
Jesus is Dread
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Black and Pentecostal
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British black liberation theology at its most challenging.
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Boff, Leonardo
Ecclesiogenesis

The most inspirational of all the writings of one of the greatest Latin American liberation theologians.
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Elliott, Michael C.
Freedom, Justice and Christian Counter
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One of my favourite books of all time, this explores Christian anarchy as a viable option for contemporary Christians.
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Essler, Philip K.
The First Christians in their Social World

Sound social history of early Christianity.
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If you have any suggestions for books which might be appropriate additions to this list, please email me

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