Mediating Piety

Technology and Religion in Contemporary Asia


A timely and groundbreaking work, here is a comprehensive analysis of the interactions between religion and technology in Asia today. How does the use of technology affect people's experience of spirituality and the formation of religious identity and community? How do developments in the latest technological breakthroughs such as the Internet influence the ways people constitute themselves as social beings, and how does it shape their experience of the sacred and the divine? Conversely, to what extent, and in what ways do religious beliefs and practices shape people’s attitude towards new technology and its deployment? Combining wide-ranging empirical investigations and sophisticated theoretical reflections, this book demonstrates how the technological and the religious often intersect with the political, thereby elucidating the complex relationships between spirituality, social and identity formation, sovereignty and power.
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Biographical Note

Francis Khek Gee Lim, Ph.D (2004) in Anthropology, SOAS, teaches at the Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University. He is the author of Imagining the Good Life (Brill, 2008), and co-editor of Christianity and the State in Asia (Routledge, 2009).

Review Quote

"This is a timely volume and joins an important literature on religious mediation, bringing Asian contexts into this conversation." – Carla Jones, University of Colorado, in: Religion Vol. 41, No. 2 (2011) pp. 299-303

Table of contents

1. Charismatic Technology
Francis Khek Gee Lim, Nanyang Technological University

Religion in the Age of Technology
2. Technologies, Religion and Social Mediation
Bryan S. Turner, Wellesley College
3. The Fate of God in the Age of Technology: With a Case Study on the El Shaddai Catholic Charismatic Movement
Anton Sevilla, Ateneo de Manila University

Technology, Religion and Nationalism
4. A Message from Ashabirin: High Technology and Political Islam in Indonesia
Sulfikar Amir, Nanyang Technological University
5. PowerPointing Islam: Form and Spiritual Reform in Reformasi Indonesia
Daromir Rudnyckyj, University of Victoria

Mediating Piety
6. A Spectacle of Worship: Technology, Modernity and the Rise of the Christian Megachurch
Joseph Nathan Cruz, National University of Singapore
7. The “Short-waved Faith”: Christian Broadcasting and Protestant Conversion of the Hmong in Vietnam
Ngo Thi Thanh Tam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

‘New Media’, Religious Discourse, Community
8. Shopping for God: Media and Religion in Singapore
Robin Chee, National University of Singapore and James Chen, Nanyang Technological University
9. The New Face of Global Evangelism: Virtualizing Spiritual Experience
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio, National University of Singapore
10. Religious Ecology on the Internet: A Case Study of Tibetan Buddhism
Low Yuen Wei, Nanyang Technological University


All those interested in the comparative study of technology and religion, changing religious identity, globalization and religion, as well as modernisation, politics and religion.


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