Missio Dei in a Digital Age
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An unprecedented technological revolution is sweeping across the world. Every sphere of life from communications, work, economy, leisure, our homes, health care and even religious practice is changing in response to the growth not just of digital technology but of a new world-embracing digital culture. Where is God in all this change? How does God’s mission impact digital culture?
This volume argues that digitalization is radically changing both the methods and conditions of missions, as well as calling for a re-appraisal of contemporary missiology. In a new culture, mission needs to be rethought, re-contextualised, re-formed for a new world.
Featuring chapters by theologians, social scientists, computer scientists and practitioners this volume is a timely exploration of the implications of digitality for missio Dei in thought and practice.
List of Contributors
1. Introduction: Missio Dei in a Digital Age 1
Part 1 Missiological Perspectives 21
2. Digital Inculturation 23
Katherine G. Schmidt
3. Mission: An Adventure of the (Digital) Imagination 36
4. Digital Theology: Practicing Local Theology in an Age of Global Technology 51
Rei Lemuel Crizaldo
Part 2 Missional Practices 73
5. Finding Jesus Online: Digital Evangelism and the Future of Christian Mission 75
6. The Double-Edged Sword of the Cherubim: Do Algorithms Inhibit Our Access to the Knowledge of God? Google and Missio Dei in a Digital Age 98
Christian Grund Sørensen
7. Interactive Technologies, Missio Dei and Grassroots Activism 122
Erkki Sutinen and Anthony Cooper
8. Amusing Ourselves to New Life? Strategic and Pastoral Reflections on Digital Media and Contemporary Spirituality 150
John Drane and Olive Fleming Drane
9. Worship, Community and Missio Dei in a Digital Age 170
10. Back to the Roots or Growing New Branches: Preaching, Orality and Mission in a Digital Age 195
Part 3 Public Theology and the Common Good 221
11. Vulnerable Children and Missio Dei in a Digital Age 223
12. Public Faith, Shame and China’s Social Credit System 236
13. Conclusion: Missio Dei in a Digital Age 259
Peter M. Phillips
"The book represents an important reference point for all those who want to understand what it means to live the Christian faith in today's world. The Church is called to be where men and women live. And today they live a life that is intertwined between the physical and digital environment. The challenge then is what it means to live the faith in the time of the net. The book deals with essential and urgent issues and does so competently because it is the result of reflection based on the direct experience of the authors. For this reason, I strongly recommend it" -- Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ, editor in chief, "La Civiltà Cattolica"