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E-Reading and the Christian Bible

Hutchings, Tim

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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
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 16, 2015
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 20, 2019
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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0008429815610607
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1411559
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0008429815610607