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The Personal Experience: Blogging as Development of Spiritual Identity

  • Meng Yoe Tan
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Abstract

The book approaches the subject of online Christian expressions and engagement in three progressively wider contextual focus. This chapter begins the exploration of why Christian individuals blog, and how blogging and other online activities have grown to become an extension of these individuals’ practice of everyday religion. The various case studies featured in this chapter will highlight a number of ideas: It will show that these Christians’ online activities are linked to their offline experiences in many ways, for example, from their current state of mind, to their childhood experiences. Apart from that, it will also elucidate the impact of these blogging activities on the ongoing development of their spiritual identities. The potential and limits of online practices is a focus in the latter part of the chapter, with views from bloggers and pastors on the subject of developing authentic relationships online. A central argument that arises is that the internet is both liberating and restrictive at the same time. To highlight this duality, Donna Haraway’s metaphor of the cyborg is used to demonstrate that while the internet is free, people are not.

Keywords

Actor-network theory Everyday religion Online/offline Blog Authenticity Spiritual identity Cyborg theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meng Yoe Tan
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  1. 1.Monash University MalaysiaBandar SunwayMalaysia

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