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Chapter 3: Deeper Understanding, Deeper Ties: Taking Faith Online

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Deeper Understanding, Deeper Ties: Taking Faith Online
Deeper understanding, deeper ties: Taking faith online
ElenaLarsen, Pew Internet and American Life Project

Religion leads followers through the deepest questions, sorrows, and joys of their lives. It provides a framework for finding elusive understanding, and its practice requires engaging all aspects mind, body, and spirit. Followers study the texts of their faith but know that words are often insufficient to convey the meaning they seek. So they pray, they contemplate, and they fast. They create music and art. They engage in physical, emotional, and fiscal disciplines to gain another step on the path to understanding and fulfillment.

The internet is a natural place for the faithful to take their questions and practices. It is a space at once both solitary ...

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