Digital Religion

Digital Religion: an unlikely combination?

When one ponders about religion, very few will coin the term ‘digital religion‘ within their first few minutes. Yet, like many extensions of humanity, religion is – and has for some time already been – moving online. This final blog post on digital religion for DIGMEDIA will highlight some of the most interesting discoveries I made this past semester, and add some extra information that cannot be found in my previous blogposts.

But what do you know about digital religion?

Religion is everywhere, and especially on your computer. Source: Pixabay

The Bible’s abandoned “mines”

For Hacking the Humanities this year I would love to textmine a sacred text, looking for the uses of female pronouns. So, while doing research on text mining and the King James Version Bible (one of the many translations available), I came across something quite interesting:

The Bible has been textmined for prophecies.

and some of them came true?

Heavenly goodness: on religious food blogs

Written by Aurora E. L. Turkenburg

It is not difficult to get lost online between food blogs, -videos, -reels, and recipe-tik-toks. Among countless of diets, such as the increasingly more popular veganism and keto diets, we also find ‘religious’ food blogs promoting a religious diet. Where do these stem from?

So, it’s all about compassion and, as I learned when I was doing Buddhist meditation retreats, you don’t have to involve animal suffering to have a good diet. It’s not necessary.

Jean-Philippe Cyr, ‘The Buddhist Chef’
source: https://www.lionsroar.com/a-conversation-with-the-buddhist-chef/

Yes, I’m hot in this, and more Islamic cartoons on Instagram

Yes, I’m hot in this is a webcomic (and a book we can buy off bol.com) written by the American Muslim Huda Fahmy, who describes herself on Instagram as “a friendly, neighborhood hijabi”. Her hilarious comics, which poke fun at married life, and common misconceptions about Islam and Muslim women, can be found on her Instagram page (@yesimhotinthis).

*hijabi, referring to a Muslim woman who wears a hijab or headscarf.

Source: Pixabay (cut to 4:3 size)

Holy Memes: where Christianity, self-mockery, and social media meet

written by Aurora E. L. Turkenburg

Memes come in many forms, shapes, and sizes. But the function of a meme is always the same: they are meant to make you laugh. Hysterically. Recently the amount of religion-inspired memes on my social media feed – whether COVID induced, or “God-given”, is rising.

But what, exactly, are religious memes – and why do Christians love them so much?

source: https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/christian-memes-7-5cbf0e02cae11__700.jpg

Visiting God in the Cloud

written by: Aurora E. L. Turkenburg

On Thursday, March 12th of this year, the Dutch government advised to halt all venues with more than 100 people present in the face of increasing Covid-19 contagions. As I studied for an exam that would take place the day after, my email exploded with cancellations of venues, plans and university tests. While rummaging through a mountain of backlog the following week, I noticed an email from my hometown church. All services would be streamed online from March 15th onwards. The faithful could only visit God in the Cloud.

CC0 via Pixabay – link: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/social-social-networks-1206603/

Visiting God or his emissaries via digital media, however, has been the norm for several religious groups even before the age of Covid-19.

But where do we find religion in the digital world? Just about everywhere.