GoNeDigiTal: How Digitality Disrupts Theology (First Annual Conference)
The first annual conference by the Global Network for Digital Theology was held online 14-16 July 2021.
Three broad areas were investigated.
- How digital theology alters/augments theology
- Digitality and theological method
- The future of seminaries and theology departments and of theological dissemination
1. How digital theology alters/augments theology
Digital technology is today a major cultural force which has significant bearings on human societies and identities. Theological thought and reflection is always historically situated, inevitably shaped by socio-political and even technological dynamics. Thus, how does digitality change the cultural conditions in which theological thought and texts are constructed, and what are the implications for the content of these?
2. The future of seminaries and theology departments and of theological dissemination
Beyond such contextual consideration, the impact of digital technology on theological dissemination is already being felt. Digital technology not only changes the way that theology is taught and disseminated, it impacts where theological conversations take place and who can participate in them. What effect does this have on traditional theological institutions such as seminaries, theology departments and publishers, and how can they accommodate these changes?
3. Digitality and theological method
At a minimum, the very fact that most theologians write on laptops or desktops evidence the impact of digital technology on theological method. Beyond this, digital technology provides new tools for biblical interpretation, and for the analysis of church and world. How does digitality change the methods of theological enquiry?
Papers and short accompanying videos can be found at the link below: