eTheology: Exporations in Computer Mediated Theological Reflection

TitleeTheology: Exporations in Computer Mediated Theological Reflection
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBallard, D
Date Published2007
UniversitySt. Michael’s Theological College
CityLandaff, Cardiff, UK
KeywordsComputer, reflection, theology

This thesis considers (and critically assesses) how far the ‘new technologies’ associated with the internet – hypertext and hypermedia, blogging, wikis and chatterbots1 amongst others – might be used in the practice of Theological Reflection (TR). It presents a critical account of how some initiatives in using the internet might create insights and possibilities for TR, as well as highlighting some of the problems and pitfalls that might arise. This is in pursuit of two main research questions: 1. Is TR possible on the internet? 2. If TR is possible on the internet, what then does it add to the sum total of theological reflection and how might it relate to other methods?