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E-Reading and the Christian Bible

Hutchings, Tim

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DR TIM HUTCHINGS Tim.Hutchings@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professorin Religious Ethics



Abstract

The Christian Bible is now available in thousands of digital forms, re-imagined for electronic reading on mobile, tablet and desktop screens. This article introduces findings from an online survey of digital Bible users, analysing their demographics, reading practices, motivations and experiences. Survey responses are analysed in conversation with recent debates among Christian commentators and broader arguments in the study of e-reading in education and other contexts. Religious e-reading shows some distinctive and unexpected features, in comparison with reading in other contexts, and this article proposes some initial hypotheses about the impact of digital media on sacred text.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Journal Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses
Print ISSN 0008-4298
Electronic ISSN 2042-0587
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 4
Pages 423-440
APA6 Citation Hutchings, T. (2015). E-Reading and the Christian Bible. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 44(4), 423-440. doi:10.1177/0008429815610607
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0008429815610607
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0008429815610607
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