Godwired: Religion, Ritual And Virtual Reality (Media, Religion And Culture)

Godwired: Religion, Ritual And Virtual Reality (Media, Religion And Culture)

  • Publish Date: 2011-11-09
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Rachel Wagner
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Godwired offers an engaging exploration of religious practice in the digital age. It considers how virtual experiences, like stories, games and rituals, are forms of world-building or cosmos construction that serve as a means of making sense of our own world. Such creative and interactive activity is, arguably, patently religious.

This book examines:

  • the nature of sacred space in virtual contexts
  • technology as a vehicle for sacred texts
  • who we are when we go online
  • what rituals have in common with games and how they work online
  • what happens to community when people worship online
  • how religious worlds and virtual worlds nurture similar desires.

Rachel Wagner suggests that whilst our engagement with virtual reality can be viewed as a form of religious activity, todays virtual religion marks a radical departure from traditional religious practice it is ephemeral, transient, rapid, disposable, hyper-individualized, hybrid, and in an ongoing state of flux.

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