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Dynamic Secularization

Information Technology and the Tension Between Religion and Science

Authors: Bainbridge, William Sims

  • Explores how information technology reveals and energises the conflict between science and religion
  • Offers many new insights on the transformation of civilisation by information technology
  • Clearly demonstrates numerous online social science research methodologies 
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About this book

This book discusses secularization, arguing that it may be more complex and significant than is generally recognized. Using a number of online exploration methods, the author provides insights into how religion may be changing, and how information technology might be energized in this process.
Working from the premise that the relationship between science and religion is complex, the author demonstrates that while science has contradicted some specific religious beliefs, science itself may have been facilitated by beliefs formed many centuries ago. Science assists engineers in the development of powerful new technologies, and asserts that the universe is based on a set of fundamental principles that can be understood by humans through the assistance of mathematics. 
The challenging ideas discussed will benefit readers through sharing a variety of Internet-based research methods and cultural discoveries. The book provides a balance between quantitative methods, illustrated by 24 tables of statistics, and qualitative methods, illustrated by 30 screenshots of computer-generated virtual worlds. Analysis interweaves with description, creating a sense of involvement in the experience of exploring online realities at the same time as radical insights are shared. 

Reviews

“This book is a highly detailed account of alternative schools of religion and science fueled by the power of the Internet. … The author has researched many of these counterculture views of science and religion, but the text will be of interest to those seriously studying such entities.” (Computing Reviews, October, 2017)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Fragmentation: Online Evidence About Religious Innovation

    Pages 1-25

    Bainbridge, William Sims

  • Humanization: The Crash or Reboot of Social Psychology

    Pages 27-57

    Bainbridge, William Sims

  • Paganization: The Virtual Revival of a Cult Online

    Pages 59-87

    Bainbridge, William Sims

  • Residualism: Online Survival of Rejected Religions

    Pages 89-120

    Bainbridge, William Sims

  • Jediism: The Most Popular Online Virtual Religion

    Pages 121-149

    Bainbridge, William Sims

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56502-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56501-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85929-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dynamic Secularization
Book Subtitle
Information Technology and the Tension Between Religion and Science
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56502-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56502-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56501-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85929-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 268
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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