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Prof David Hempton: “Only Connect!”: Christianity in the Digital Age

Prof David Hempton delivers the sixth Gifford Series lecture “Only Connect!”: Christianity in the Digital Age.

We started this lecture series with two bookended revolutions, print in the sixteenth century, and the internet and social media in the late twentieth century. How then is Christianity changing in the age of social media and international connectivity? What social and cultural changes were already underway in the decades immediately preceding the internet revolution that have a direct bearing on the generations most affected by that revolution? What is the impact of new technologies and social media on the beliefs, practices, and ‘lived religion’ of Christian communities, organizations, and denominations? Finally, to what extent has the internet helped develop global religious networks in which the directional flows of power and influence have begun to change from a North/South trajectory to the reverse?

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