Contextual responses to interreligious encounters online

Increasingly, interreligious encounters occur through internet communication. The debate on the influence of internet communication on interreligious encounters is characterized by a contradiction between the theory of cyber-balkanization on the one hand and the theory of networked religion on the o...

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Published in:Social compass
Authors: Pons-de Wit, Anneke; Versteeg, Peter Gerrit Albert 1968-; Roeland, Johan Hendrikus 1977-
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 2015
In:Social compass
Year: 2015, Volume: 62, Issue: 1, Pages: 89-104
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Religion / Pluralism / Internet
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Summary:Increasingly, interreligious encounters occur through internet communication. The debate on the influence of internet communication on interreligious encounters is characterized by a contradiction between the theory of cyber-balkanization on the one hand and the theory of networked religion on the other. However, neither theory is contextualized and neither can therefore explain why an interreligious encounter results in either interreligious conflict or mutual understanding. In this article, a contextualized approach to the implications of internet communication for interreligious relationships is advocated. The authors show that contextualization on the level of the openness of the religious group is too one-dimensional. Therefore, a contextual reception model on the level of the situation is developed to explicate the possible attitudinal and behavioral positions within an online interreligious encounter. This model can be used to investigate the implications of internet communication for interreligious relationships.
ISSN:0037-7686
Contains:In: Social compass
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/0037768614560977