Being church in the era of ‘homo digitalis’

Show simple item record Dreyer, Willem Akkerhuys (Wim) 2020-09-07T10:57:36Z 2020-09-07T10:57:36Z 2019-11
dc.description.abstract 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’. en_ZA
dc.description.department Church History and Church Policy en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2020 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Dreyer, W.A., 2019, ‘Being church in the era of “homo digitalis”’, Verbum et Ecclesia 40(1), a1999. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v40i1.1999
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Homo digitalis en_ZA
dc.subject History of technology en_ZA
dc.subject Network theory en_ZA
dc.subject Ecclesiology en_ZA
dc.subject Cyberworld en_ZA
dc.title Being church in the era of ‘homo digitalis’ en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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