Buddhism in the Digital Age

Hello Readers,

I wanted to share this article I found in the BBC about the way religion is changing n the digital age:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170222-how-smartphones-and-social-media-are-changing-religion

It is interesting to see how people’s approach to religion has changed, and this certainly applies to Buddhism as well as much as Christianity.  The article shows how people’s sense of boundaries between various texts fades, and people are more inclined to rely on specific quotes and “bites” of information, rather than reading the entire text in context.  This leads to a “wikipedia” style approach to studying religion, too.

Also interesting was how the article said that a mutated form of Christianity has emerged as a result:

“A new kind of mutated Christianity for a digital age is appearing,” says Phillips. “One that follows many of the ethics of the secular world.” Known as moralistic therapeutic deism, this form of belief is focused more on the charitable and moral side of the Bible – the underlying tenets of religion, rather than the notion that the Universe was created by an all-seeing, all-powerful leader.

Further, people are looking for a more personalized religious experience than a community one.

Reading this article reminds me of myself and my approach to Buddhism so far, and I wouldn’t be surprised if readers find resonance too.  I don’t really know if it’s a good or bad thing with respect to traditional religion, but it’s interesting to see how much technology is changing our fundamental behavior.

Anyhow, enjoy!

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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