Attending to Vernacular Theology
This chapter explores the implications of the present study for researchers of contemporary religion and new media technologies. This study documented the rise a new religious movement known as vernacular Christian fundamentalism. The movement is new because its emphasis on the particular prophetic narrative of the End Times renders it distinct from other forms of Christianity, and because it has emerged without any central leadership, institutional structures, or geographic location. The existence of this new sort of religious movement suggests that individual believers are more responsible for the nature of their religiosity when they are empowered to construct their worldviews from the vast possibilities afforded by Internet communication technologies. Recognizing the increased responsibility afforded by these media, researchers must continue to increase their understanding of the communication practices of everyday religious believers.
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