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Theology and Virtuality: The Community of God in the Digital Age

RAUBACH, MICHAEL,CHARLES (2018) Theology and Virtuality: The Community of God in the Digital Age. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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This paper suggests the self-conception of people set within a western society pervaded by digital apparatus must be conditioned by a certain ‘background’ understanding of the philosophical idea of ‘virtuality’. To practice Theology in this context means engaging with this background understanding to examine the way that it orders and values the ideas and material practices of such a society. This project attempts just such an examination by first exploring the history of virtuality so to better understand what is meant by the suggestion that we are living in Digital Age ordered by virtuality, and how we become situated in this way by a discursive cultural ‘rupture’. It will connect virtuality into several recent critiques of postmodern and ‘post-human’ thought, and in conclusion offer some constructive theological reflections in an attempt to both reconceive of virtuality and imagine the Church in relation to it.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Keywords:Theology; Virtuality; Hauerwas; Milbank; Radical Orthodoxy; Taylor; Nouvelle Theologie; de Lubac; Ward; Critical Theology; Digital Age; nominalism; Gillian Rose; Charles Taylor
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2018
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:20 Jun 2018 09:16

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