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Teaching New Religious Movements$
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David G. Bromley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.001.0001

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Teaching New Religious Movements on the World Wide Web

Teaching New Religious Movements on the World Wide Web

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Teaching New Religious Movements
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Douglas E. Cowan (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.003.0014

This chapter considers NRMs and the Internet from two broad perspectives: (a) new religions on the Web, and (b) the Internet as both a pedagogical tool for teaching about NRMS and a sociological or anthropological research site for the study of NRMs. In terms of the Internet as a research site, the chapter offers some suggestions for the exploration online discussion forums as evidence (or not) of emergent electronic communities. It concludes with a discussion of the Internet as one component in a responsible research and teaching agenda, and suggestions for teaching students how to employ the World Wide Web usefully and responsibly.

Keywords:   Internet, World Wide Web, online religion, cyberchurch, cyberspace, Yahoo, MSN, chat room, relational dynamics

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