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The Bible in American Life$
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Philip Goff, Arthur Farnsley, and Peter Thuesen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190468910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190468910.001.0001

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Transforming Practice

Transforming Practice

American Bible Reading in Digital Culture

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The Bible in American Life

John B. Weaver

Oxford University Press

The practice and purpose of Bible reading are changed by the digital display of the biblical text. Recent national surveys address the use of screen-based technologies for Bible reading in North America and the extent to which this digital media is used or preferred in comparison to printed Bibles. After summarizing three recent studies, this essay advances the thesis that digital technology is transforming the religious practice of reading Scripture into two types of reading that are differentiated according to media and that this transformation of religious practice holds the potential to transform digital technologies—both their form and function—in order to support traditional religious values, beliefs, and practices related to Bible reading.

Keywords:   technology, electronic, digital, media, computers, Bible, reading, skimming, devotion, memory

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