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Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority

1st Edition

By Heidi A. Campbell


248 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-06-18
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Much speculation was raised in the 1990s, during the first decade of Internet research, about the extent to which online platforms and digital culture might challenge traditional understandings of authority, especially in religious contexts. Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority explores the ways in which religiously-inspired digital media experts and influencers online challenge established religious leaders and those who seek to maintain institutional structures in a world where online and offline religious spaces are increasingly intertwined. In the twenty-first century, the question of how digital culture may be re-shaping notions of whom or what constitutes authority is incredibly important. Questions asked include:

  • Who truly holds religious power and influence in an age of digital media?
  • Is it recognized religious leaders and institutions? Religious digital innovators? Or digital media users?
  • What sources, processes and/or structures can and should be considered authoritative online, and offline? Who is really in control of religious technological innovation?

This book reflects on how digital media simultaneously challenges and empowers new and traditional forms of religious authority. It is a gripping read for those with an interest in Communication, Culture Studies, Media Studies, Religion/Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion, Computer-mediated Communication, and Internet/Digital Culture Studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Investigating Approaches to the Study of Authority

Chapter 2: Defining Religious Digital Creatives

Chapter 3: Christian Digital Creatives Performance of Authority: Media Making Narratives and a Technological Apologetic

Chapter 4:Digital Entrepreneurs: Internet Empowering Visionary Technology Influencers

Chapter 5: Digital Spokesperson: The Rise of Institutional Identity Curators

Chapter 6: Digital Strategists: Acting as Missional Media Negotiators

Chapter 7: How Christian Digital Creatives Understand and Perform Authority

Chapter 8: How Christian Digital Creatives Enact a Technological Apologetic

Conclusion: Rethinking Authority Through the Work of Religious Digital Creatives



About the Author

Heidi A. Campbell is a professor at the Department of Communication and an Affiliate Faculty in the Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Program at Texas A & M University, USA.

About the Series

Media, Religion and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General