This article discusses practical ecclesiology, which reflects on the church of the 21st century
from historical, empirical, hermeneutical and strategic perspectives. We live in the era of
digital revolutions and ‘homo digitalis’. Virtual reality has radically altered the way we work,
play, shop, study, keep in touch with friends and family, meet new people and express
ourselves. For many, it is the only reality. This new reality raises many questions: Will it
accelerate the ecclesial crisis of our time? Does it create opportunities to speak of God? How
does it impact on our understanding of the church? A relevant, contemporary ecclesiology
needs to address these questions.
Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Since the 15th century, a number of
scientific discoveries and technological inventions have challenged all preconceived ideas of
God and the universe. The impact of technology and the relation between faith (church) and
reason (science) have often been discussed. It is no different at the beginning of the 21st
century. The digital evolution is challenging churches all around the world to reflect on the
human condition, faith as well as the nature and calling of the church within a radically new
context. This contribution reflects on the interface between technology and theology in the
era of ‘homo digitalis’.