The Church and New Media is an interesting exploration of new media and the Church.
Brandon Vogt brings together a robust line-up of contributors as the talk about, “blogging converts, online activists, and bishops who tweet.”
The Church and New Media
We’re in the middle of the biggest communication shift since the advent of the printing press. Facebook has over 750 million users. Three billion YouTube videos are watched every day. And last year alone, Americans sent 1.8 trillion text messages. What does this all mean for the Church? How can Christians harness these new tools to reach out, to teach, to build community, and to change the world?
The Church and New Media is written from a Catholic perspective, but the principles explored are still applicable as technology and religion intersect.
As you journey through this book, you will cover four main parts as you progress through the chapters:
Part 1 – Put Out Into the Deep: New Media and Evangelization
- The Virtual Areopagus: Digital Dialogue with the Unchurched
- Into the Light: Sharing the Spiritual Journey
- Speaking Their Language: Connecting with Young Adults
Part 2 – That the World May Know: New Media and Formation
- Modern Epistles: Blogging the Faith
- New Wineskins: Fresh Presentations of Ancient Tradition
- Digital Discourse: The New Apologetics
Part 3 – Fostering the Flock: New Media and Community
- Innovative Shepherding: New Media in the Diocese
- High-Tech Community: New Media in the Parish
- That They May Be One: Cultivating Online Community
Part 4 – To the Ends of the Earth: New Media and the Common Good
- Changing the World: New Media Activism
- Moving Mountains: Building a Digital Movement
I really appreciated the fact that this book wasn’t from a fanboi perspective of technology. You’ll find criticism of new media and the potentially negative effects. The answer you’ll find isn’t retreat or rejection of today’s technology, either, but how to use them as an effective tool to communicate your message.
Again, The Church and New Media is written from a Catholic perspective, but the principles remain the same.
If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on how the Church should use new media, this is it.
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