Religious Authority Online in the Diocese of York

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/619141
Title:
Religious Authority Online in the Diocese of York
Authors:
Course, Eleanor
Abstract:
My aim in this dissertation is to research who the online authorities are in the Diocese of York, whether they have roles of authority in the offline church, whether these online roles are considered important by people in the offline church, and whether the online spaces managed by these people are part of wider mission and ministry. In this dissertation, I investigate these topics by collecting qualitative data from some of these people via an online survey and a focus group. I argue that many of the people who are authorities online do have positions of authority in the offline church, and are part of its hierarchy and structure, but that this authority does not necessarily extend online. I argue that there is often a real disconnection between a church’s offline mission and ministry, and the role of the church’s online spaces. This is partly due to conflicting understandings of the purpose or role of online spaces, and partly due to the fact that they are simply not seen as important. Finally, I argue that validation of authority is crucial to both our understanding of the attributes of religious authority online, and to the effectiveness of the mission and ministry online, both from people in the offline church and for the online religious authority themselves.
Citation:
Course, E. (2016). Religious authority online in the Diocese of York. (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Jan-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/619141
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCourse, Eleanoren
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-31T13:27:55Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-31T13:27:55Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-
dc.identifier.citationCourse, E. (2016). Religious authority online in the Diocese of York. (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/619141-
dc.description.abstractMy aim in this dissertation is to research who the online authorities are in the Diocese of York, whether they have roles of authority in the offline church, whether these online roles are considered important by people in the offline church, and whether the online spaces managed by these people are part of wider mission and ministry. In this dissertation, I investigate these topics by collecting qualitative data from some of these people via an online survey and a focus group. I argue that many of the people who are authorities online do have positions of authority in the offline church, and are part of its hierarchy and structure, but that this authority does not necessarily extend online. I argue that there is often a real disconnection between a church’s offline mission and ministry, and the role of the church’s online spaces. This is partly due to conflicting understandings of the purpose or role of online spaces, and partly due to the fact that they are simply not seen as important. Finally, I argue that validation of authority is crucial to both our understanding of the attributes of religious authority online, and to the effectiveness of the mission and ministry online, both from people in the offline church and for the online religious authority themselves.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectReligious authorityen
dc.subjectOnline churchen
dc.subjectYork Dioceseen
dc.titleReligious Authority Online in the Diocese of Yorken
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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