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Sociology/Religion/Technology: For the study of sociology of religion on the Internet.
This site by Gabor Por is an excellent collection of articles, books and blog comments.

Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies

Institute for Theology Technology and Culture

When Religion Meets New Media: Exploring the Intersection between New Media, Religion & Digital Culture
This is the blog of Professor Heidi Campbell who is the most prolific scholar studying religion and the Internet. At this site you can find many links to her books and articles on the subject including the following.

Center for the Digital Future The Center for the Digital Future has wide-ranging programs and projects that explore the leading issues in media and communications, including the World Internet Project and other programs that examine the broad impact of online technology in America and around the globe.
An Archive of all their Internet studies is available

Pew Internet & American Life Project Reports

Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Clark and Lee Rainie
Faith Online. A study of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Elena Larsen
CyberFaith: How Americans Pursue Religion Online (2001)

Mary Madden
Mary Madden has written extensively for the Pew Interent Project. A listing of all her reports can be found on the Pew Internet site.

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
This site has many articles about religion and the Internet. The easiest way to find them is to do a search of this site.

Faith 2.0: Religion and the Internet
The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Durham University and the Tony Blair Faith foundation held a conference April 2011 with an assortment of presenters including Heidi Campbell, Lorne L Dawson, Brenda Brasher and Scott Thumma.

Faith 2.0: Religion and the Internet - Morning Session
Faith 2.0: Religion and the Internet - Afternoon Session

Religion and the Internet
Rosalind I. J. Hackett (2006)

Online-Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet

Religion and the Internet: The Techno-Spiritual In Cyberspace (2001) Sara Johnson

Popular religion and the internet: A match made in (cyber)heaven

Online Religion and Finding Faith on the Web: An Examination of Beliefnet.org
Cheryl Anne Casey PDF

Religion IN/AND Cyberspace: The encounter between religion and digital culture
A collection of article and resource links by John L Gresham

Brief Articles and resources about Religion and Technology from Insights into Religion.

The Networked Congregation
Andrea Useem
This PDF report describes how congregations are using Web 2.0 technologies.

LifeWay Research study into how churches use their websites (2011)

The New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary
This project is a two-year research oriented project involving six research fellows who are conducting case studies; interviewing experts in social media, congregational ministry, theology, and journalism; collecting and sharing research online.

High-Tech Christianity
by James J. O'Donnell

Religion Research Online

Ken Bedell (The following 4 articles are from 1999-2000)

Technology and Theological Education

Congregations on the Internet

Dispatches from the Electronic Frontier

Religion and the Internet

Douglas Cowen 
From Parchment to Pixels: The Christian Countercult on the Internet (2001)

Lorne Dawson

Cyberspace and Religious Life: Conceptualizing the Concerns and Consequences (2001)

Researching Religion in Cyberspace: Issues and Strategies (2000) PDF

David Scott
Christian Faith and the Cyberculture

Ida Smith-Williams

Deliver Me From Email: How Do Pastors Use Electronic Technology? (2010)
Email and Internet Use by Worshipers and Congregations (2009)

Scott Thumma

Virtually Religious:Technology and Internet Use in American Congregations (2012)
The latest look at how churches and other congregations are using Internet technologies, websites, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. This report draws on the Faith Communities Today 2010 study findings. Download the report in PDF format.

A lecture on Religion and the Internet (2002)
Given at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this lecture invited Scott Thumma along with Rev. Charles Henderson and Elena Larsen to discuss how people are using the Internet for religious purposes.  You may also wish to visit the MIT website for a summary, transcript of the discussion, and an audio link to the lecture.

Also check out the church and Internet technologies articles and research by Hartford Institute staff.


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