Digital Gods Digital Religions

Entering Sacred Digital Space: Seeking to Distinguish the Dreamer and the Dream

February 6, 2009

By Richard Thieme Defining the Challenge: The ‘Study’ of ‘Sacred Texts’ in the Digital Era The single quotation marks around ‘study’ and ‘sacred texts’ signify that the words inside them no longer mean what they used to mean. The symbols and images of religious experience are no longer fixed in print but are now flowing. […]

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The Spiritual Journey

October 6, 2008

by Richard Thieme October 6, 2008 A young man experienced an altered state and emailed to ask about its relationship to orthodox modes of spirituality and religious experience. I thought it might be of value to others who are asking the same question to share my response. I replied: I have used all sorts of […]

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The Face We See In The Digital Mirror

February 11, 2005

By Richard Thieme National Catholic Reporter, February 11, 2005 I am a middle-age man who grew to maturity in a world of text, immersed in a typographic sea. I read endlessly and began writing stories as a teen. When I tried to find a market for those stories, I turned to a standard reference, Writer’s […]

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Finding the Answer Within

December 19, 2003

By Richard Thieme William Gibson’s Neuromancer is known to many because of one word, “cyberspace,” a fulcrum of a word around which a whole new world has coalesced. Equally memorable, though, is an image of the cyberjunkie Case jacking into the Dixie Flatline for the first time. The Flatline, a.k.a. McCoy Pauley, is a firmware […]

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The Episcopalians? They are us – as edited by the NCR

December 15, 2003

The Episcopalians? They are us Assessing the ordination of Gene Robinson and responses to it By RICHARD THIEME Just as California is often said to be the leading edge of American popular culture so that what shows up there will soon show up in Pittsburgh, the Episcopal church often serves as a bellwether for Catholic […]

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Episcopalians-R-Us: Part Two

November 26, 2003

(published in the National Catholic Reporter) So far the discussion has proceeded as if we all know what homosexuals are and why homosexuality causes distress for some in the church. We uncritically accept the categories of thinking given by our cultures and however much we want to believe that our theological statements transcend our cultures, […]

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Episcopalians-R-Us

November 25, 2003

(published in the National Catholic Reporter) Just as California is often said to be the leading edge of American popular culture so that what shows up there will soon show up in Pittsburgh, the Episcopal Church often serves as a bellwether for Catholic and Protestant Churches as to what to expect in coming years. Not […]

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Virtual Souls, Virtual Wine – on religion and technology for the NCR

September 24, 2003

Virtual Souls, Virtual Wine by Richard Thieme published in the National Catholic Reporter When we find ourselves blessed or cursed to live in a period of a genuine transformation – not just a time of accelerated change, but a time of elemental restructuring – it is hard to speak about the implications of that restructuring […]

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Digital Mystics

September 20, 2000

Mystics are mostly born, I think, not made, so the ability to see the unity of all things must be a function of our genes. Once we can engineer offspring so they have the gifts we choose, it will be interesting to see how many mystics we think we need. If we have too many, […]

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The Face of Evil

September 6, 2000

Sometimes the streams of our lives converge in a single river and its power is impossible to resist. This month many of the passions which have animated much of my adult life converged. As the recipient of the Gamalial Chair in Peace and Justice through the Lutheran ministry at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, […]

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