The Church and the internet
offered to the Anglican Church by the Society
of Archbishop Justus.
This document is written for an audience of educated nontechnical people. It describes some of the ways in which the internet is having a profound effect on the people and structures of our church.
Technology does not change the world. It changes the possibility or price of things, and people then change the world. From time to time it is sensible for people to change what they do because technological change has made new ways better somehow than old ways.
Historically there has never been an issue of useful technology not being adopted. If it is genuinely good, and you don't adopt it, your children or your grandchildren will. The question for us, and the subject of this document, is whether or not we, the boundary generations, should adopt this new information technology or just wait for our children and grandchildren to do it.
Should you spend your money buying a computer and learning to use the internet? Should your church spend its money producing a web site or a parish mailing list? Should religious education take something out of the curriculum to make time for education about the internet?
Some experts think that the internet is an unusually effective medium for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is at least a decade too soon to be certain about this, but the early results are good. In fact, the early results are so good that we are writing this document to encourage people to push harder on using the internet as an important component of the Body of Christ.
This document is divided into six parts:
For more information, where we have assembled a short annotated list of a few recent sources, both paper and online, that we recommend for your attention should you wish to learn more.