Category: Internet

Pastors are flocking to Facebook, Twitter

Religious social media use is flourishing, as much in smaller, more conservative worship centers as in the megachurches, says Sarah Pulliam Bailey, online editor of Christianity Today.

Concern that social media media will detract from people gathering for worship together is vanishing, she says.

“You have to proceed with caution like anything else,” Baker says. “It’s not Facebook that causes those issues, it’s people.”

Are social media changing religion?

Porn industry, Christian lobby unite against .xxx domain

In Australia the pornography industry and the Christian conservative lobby have united in opposition to a proposal to create a new domain name catering specifically for pornography on the internet.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – responsible for domain names and categories globally – has given conditional approval for a .xxx domain category. One argument is that an internet filter could easily be set to block all .xxx domains to help protect children.

However, an unlikely alliance has formed between the Australian pornography industry the Australian Christian Lobby in opposition to the new domain category.
Sex industry lobby group the Eros Foundation is strongly opposed to the new domain, arguing that an .xxx domain would “ghettoise” the sex industry.

Meanwhile, Australian Christian Lobby spokesman Lyle Shelton says the group opposes the new domain because it sees it as further legitimising the pornography industry

‘Theology After Google’ conference takes look at religion in Web era

Religion Online (C) The premise of the conference had been laid out earlier in the evening by Philip Clayton, a professor at Claremont School of Theology who talked about the role of Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th century. By making the Bible more widely available, he said, it democratized religion and led directly to the Protestant Reformation.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” Clayton said, “we are talking today about a transition equally as great.”