Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

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Mediatic Societies, Theology in

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“Theology in mediatic societies” is a rather recent field of enquiry which is interested in both today’s context in which theological thinking unfolds and how theology is done in this context. The increasing interest in this field expresses the growing awareness that theological language about God and about the relationship between God and his creation is (1) always already expressed in (linguistic) symbols and images and (2) it is always already shaped by the cultural context, that is, the culture, language, images, and symbols of a specific time and place. The people who do theology as well as those who practice religion are part of a specific culture and share in a common symbolic understanding which transforms over time. Thus, any serious theological thinking has to consider the sociocultural, political, and economic matrix in which it finds itself. Today, this matrix is increasingly shaped by media (Deacy and Ortiz 2008, p. 3; Marsh 2007...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities/ReligionUniversity of HullHullUnited Kingdom