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Are You Ready For Robot Preachers?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

If your first thought when you hear "robot preacher" is the Preacherbot character from the popular TV show Futurama, we don't blame you. But for Flori...

Are We Living in 'Biblical Times'?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I hear this phrase frequently, and think, are these times inherently different? Larger than life? Miraculous? Or like the great flood, globally destructive? Whether you're religious or not, 'Biblical' evokes images of a strategic shift.

Religion On Wikipedia Is A Recipe For Controversy

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When he was a student at Brigham Young University three years ago, Anthony Willey came across a Wikipedia page on Mormons. What he read filled h...

New Religious Emojis Will Include Peace Dove, Om Symbol, Crosses And More

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons. Uni...

Is The Internet Bad For Religion?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A new paper draws an intriguing conclusion to a question scholars have wrestled with for several decades: Why are Americans dropping out of chur...

11 Digital Tools That Provide Spiritual Continuity

Carol Orsborn | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Carol Orsborn

What happens when you can't physically make it to the pew to hear the uplifting sermon or get to the meditation hall for a comforting prayer? At these times, rather than going to church, ashram, temple or mosque, a growing number of individuals are going digital.

Faith, Sex And Google: Cyberporn Takes Emotional, Spiritual Toll On Religious Americans

David Briggs | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

That a large number of Americans appears to face particular anguish related to the proliferation of pornography merits dialogue and understanding, not ridicule.

How To Use Technology From A Buddhist Perspective

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

In the past, technological culture-changers like the telephone and electricity took a long time to produce and cultures had more time to absorb and contemplate their impact. Now, things are changing so fast that we have little time to contemplate and absorb their impact.

The Revelation Will Not Be Televised

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

So many of us are in constant motion, hurtling down the street with smartphone in hand, running from work to social lives to home, running from north to east to south and back again, chasing a truth of some sort and not finding it -- and, perhaps, wondering why we're not hearing God's voice more often than we do.

Om Mani iPadme Hum: Why Buddhists Get Technology

Joyce Morgan | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Joyce Morgan

A saffron-robed monk chats on a cell phone or contemplates an iPad. This photo is meant to conjure contradiction -- a clash of cultures as ancient tradition meets modern technology. Yet, each time I see such images, they evoke for me the opposite.

11 Ways To Power Up For Lent

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Post on Facebook. Send a tweet. Less than a month before Ash Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI has called on Catholics to get into social media. He blesses the world of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook.

Go Forth And Tweet! Pope Sees Social Media As 'Portals Of Truth'

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Catholics on Thursday to use social networks like Twitter and Facebook to win converts, as he l...

Spiritual But Not Religious? Not So Fast: Disney, I-Clouds And New Religion

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

People are more religious than they give themselves credit for. But who are these new gods, what is this new spirituality, and what is the object of our new belief?

Mormons (But Not Mitt) At The Inauguration

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending Mormons to the inauguration, but the guest list doesn't include Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, the role of faith in Obama's inauguration has reportedly become a game of "hot potato."

Virtual Vices Show Shift In American Morality

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and...

'Text a Prayer Intention To A Franciscan Friar'

Reuters | Patricia Reaney | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The largest group of Franciscan friars in the United States is offering the faithful a new way to pray in the digital age by accepting pra...

Let There Be Light: A Hanukkah Miracle

Laurie Israel | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Laurie Israel

They say miracles don't happen anymore. Miracles were only in the Bible. But a few of years back, around the time of Hanukkah, I experienced a miracle with my iTouch.

Vatican Helps Launch Church-Approved Ads For Catholic Websites

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) An Italian startup is launching a web advertising platform that aims to provide Catholic websites with Catholic-approved advertisem...

The New Roman Roads: Technology And Bible Reading

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Some Christians, churches and Bible agencies have caught on to the fact that someone else has already paid for these new roads to be built. These electronic avenues are open and ready for a million journeys of faith and witness.

The Internet Is Banned; Long Live The Internet

Howard Meyer | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Howard Meyer

On May 20 at Citi Field, thousands of people are expected to gather for an underdog cause. It's not the Mets. Rabbis, community leaders and ordinary citizens will gather to discuss the dangers of the Internet.

Trymaine Lee

Wired In The Pulpit | Trymaine Lee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

Bishop T.D. Jakes often preaches at his Potter's House church in Dallas, Texas, from an iPad rather than from handwritten notes. The Abyssinian Bap...

Vatican Unveils New JPII iPhone App For World Youth Day

Posted 09.29.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pilgrims at next month's Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech ...

The Meeting Of Science And Religion In Real Life

Noah Efron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Noah Efron

Even more than tired polemics about Darwin, this is where science and religion meet in ways that matter: behind the locked bedroom door of a teen at a screen, waiting to be friended.

Technology In Temple: Spirituality In 140 Characters Or Fewer

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The important questions never change. But new technology can help us pay attention -- and respond -- in different ways.