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Online-Religion/Religion-Online and Virtual Communities

Helland, Cristopher; Hadden, Jeffrey K.; Cowan, Douglas E.

“Religion on the Internet” is the first systematic inquiry into the nature, scope and content of religion in cyberspace. Contributors to this volume include leading social scientists engaged in systematic studies of how organizations and individuals are presenting religion on the Internet. Their combined efforts provide a conceptual mapping of religion in cyberspace at this moment. The individual papers and collective insights found in this volume add up to a valuable agenda of research that will enrich understanding of this new phenomenon. Among the contributors are the founders of three of the most important scholarly religion web sites on the Internet: American Religion Data Archive, Religious Tolerance, and Religious Movements Homepage. “Religion and the Internet” is essential reading for all who seek to understand how religion is being presented on the Internet and how this topic is likely to unfold in the years ahead.