Religion Online provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this burgeoning new religious reality, from cyberpilgrimages to neo-pagan chatroom communities. A substantial introduction by the editors presenting the main themes and issues is followed by sixteen chapters addressing core issues of concern such as youth, religion and the internet, new religious movements and recruitment, propaganda and the countercult, and religious tradition and innovation.
Lorne L. Dawson is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His many publications include Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements and Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader. Douglas E. Cowan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of several books including the forthcoming Cyberhenge:Modern Paganism on the World Wide Web (Routledge, 2004).