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  • Print publication year: 2009
  • Online publication date: July 2012

29 - New Technologies

The emergence of printing as a commercial enterprise meant that a new force of knowledge production arose alongside the church and the state. Many churches moved quickly to construct websites that were nothing more than glorified versions of their prior print news letters. Protestantism was the dominant form of Christianity, and the protestant establishment dominated culture, politics, and the arts. A protestant establishment tends to define the position and prerogatives of religion in relation to private life and more importantly public culture. Eighteenth-century frontier and later urban revivalism left Protestants, in particular, with a sense of religion as a kind of market place of choice. As Christian leaders contemplated the modern media, they faced a dilemma. The emergence of evangelical media served to undermine the longstanding notion of secularization that had long held sway in journalistic circles. Evangelicals have always seemed to be more accepting of communication technologies as prima facie valid forms for religious expression and practice.
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The Cambridge History of Religions in America
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