The Internet and the Madonna
Religious Visionary Experience on the Web
But how has this potent new mix of technology and religiosity changed the way Catholics view their faith? And what challenges do the autonomous qualities of the Internet pose to the broader authority of Catholicism? Does the democratic nature of access to digital technologies constitute a return to a more archaic and mystical form of Catholicism that predates the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council?
In working through these questions, Apolito considers visions of Mary on the Web over the past two decades, revealing a great deal about religion as it is now experienced through new information technologies. The Internet, he explains, has made possible a decentralized community of the devoted, even as it has absorbed God into the shifts and complexities of electronic circuitry. And this profound development in religious life will only accelerate as use of the Internet spreads around the world.
An indispensable guide to the future of Catholicism, The Internet and the Madonna offers a compelling glimpse into the spiritual life of the connected soul.
1. Apparitions On and Off the Web
The Proliferation of Apparitions
The New Visions
The New Visionaries
The Network of Visionaries
The Visionaries on the Web
2. The End Times
3. Science, Technology, and Apparitions
Photography of the Supernatural
Apparitions on Television
Heaven and Earth
The Experiment of the Supernatural
The Surfer and the Web: A Preamble
The Risks of Surfing and Erotic Shipwrecks
Heaven without Borders in the New Age
Winking Jesus and Irony on the Web
The Shoals of Hierarchy and the New Leaders
Without Cardinal Points
Personal Home Pages