Societal Implications of IT in Religion for Developing Countries
Science Journal of Education
Volume 5, Issue 4, August 2017, Pages: 144-149
Received: Mar. 8, 2017; Accepted: Apr. 12, 2017; Published: May 25, 2017
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Julius Murumba, Department of Management Science and Technology, Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Erick Odhiambo Omuya, Department of Computing and IT, Machakos University, Machakos, Kenya
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Abstract
Information Technology has penetrated nearly all aspects of our daily lives such that relationships associated with individuals and organizations are digitally enabled and mediated. Advances in IT have led to changes in the way religious worship has traditionally been done, ushering in a new age of worship that is augmented by or anchored on a digital platform. The paper aimed at investigating societal implications of IT use in religion and to better understand the ways in which IT affects modernization of religion in developing countries. The objectives of the paper were to establish the types of IT applications being used in religion, the co-existence of IT and religious tradition and how use of IT affects the future of religion. The study was conducted through a desk search. The paper concludes that religion and technology have had some form of inter dependence on one another, and therefore for modernization of religion IT will increasingly play an important role. Religion must adopt ways to utilize IT positively while shunning negative aspects that IT can be used for in religion such as propagation of fundamentalism and extremism through IT.
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Information Technology, Religion, Co-Existence
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Julius Murumba, Erick Odhiambo Omuya, Societal Implications of IT in Religion for Developing Countries, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2017, pp. 144-149. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20170504.13
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