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Digital JesusThe Making of a New Christian Fundamentalist Community on the Internet$
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Robert Glenn Howard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814773086

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814773086.001.0001

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9/11 at the Bible Prophecy Corner

9/11 at the Bible Prophecy Corner

Enacting the Virtual Ekklesia

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Digital Jesus

Robert Glenn Howard

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on individuals involved in vernacular Christian fundamentalism as they coped with the shock of the 9/11 attacks. By September 2001, the online discourse emerging from this new religious movement had become a huge web of linked Internet sites. At all its nodes, individuals shared the definitive beliefs of their movement. Based on these beliefs, they engaged in the communication that enacted their virtual ekklesia. This ekklesia is based on a shared hope that, despite the violence that will accompany it, Christ will return soon. This hope emerged from the radical certainty born of their spiritual rebirth experiences. This certainty underwrote the particular constellation of beliefs that define the movement, and it can be traced back to the historical movement of Christian fundamentalism.

Keywords:   vernacular Christian fundamentalism, 9/11, terrorist attacks, virtual ekklesia, spiritual rebirth, religious movement

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