Conclusion: Locating the Offline in the Online and Vice-Versa in Malaysian Christianity
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The aim of this book was to find out how the Internet has been utilized by Malaysian Christians to express their faith. To that end, this book has presented a considerably wide array of Christian practices and expressions on the Internet. Initially, my experience and expectation of “online religion” was limited to visiting church websites and searching for Christian bloggers who wrote a lot about church or their Christian life. But over the course of conducting fieldwork and writing the book, I have come to realize that there is more to online religion than what is visually apparent. It became clear to me very early on that every religious website has the potential to be authored, accessed, and experienced by people, and that these interactions could all potentially play a role in a person’s spiritual identity. This created an approach to online religion that necessitates the observation of the offline because the observable data is not limited to the computer screen, but also in the everyday life of my informants. In short, online religion is everyday religion.
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