Religion and the World Wide Web

December 26, 1998

Source: Star Tribune

On December 26, 1998, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, MN published an article on the growing use of the World Wide Web by religious communities to help spread their message. The article states that religions are turning to this medium in order to "remain relevant among an increasingly fickle audience." The Barna Research Group, based in Ventura, CA, conducted a recent survey on religion and the internet. The results show that one out of six teens rely on the Internet to attempt to meet their spiritual needs. Quentin Schultze, professor of communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and author of "Internet for Christians," stated that, "we are seeing the beginnings of a wave of religious reformation, one as big as the one seen after the invention of the Gutenberg Press."