• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 19:43

Roundtable explores impact of digital technology on religions


Bangkok communications roundtable 450As faith communities raced to adopt technology more than ever to provide pastoral outreach during the coronavirus pandemic, Fr Anthony Le Duc SVD was exploring the underpinnings of such activity in an international roundtable on religion and social communication in Thailand.

The 11th International Roundtable of the Asian Research Centre for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) was held last month at St Louis College in Bangkok.

The Roundtable, which was interreligious and international, took the theme: Religion and Social Communication Research in Asia: Basic and Practical Considerations in a Digital World.

Fr Anthony, who is a member of the SVD AUS Province, based in Bangkok where he teaches at Lux Mundi National Seminary of Thailand, has a strong practical and academic interest in the use of social communications in religion, and organised the event with the St Louis College for the ARC.

“The conference is a Roundtable format in which scholars in the field of religion and social communication present their research and discuss their work in sessions of 90 minutes each,” he says.

“This year we had a total of 45 participants by invitation, coming from various countries of Asia and from multiple religious traditions.

“A number of participants took part online due to coronavirus-related restrictions in travel at the time the conference took place.”

Fr Anthony says most of the participants were lay scholars, researchers and doctoral students, along with some priests and some scholar monks.

Some of the questions considered included: How are age-old religious and philosophical worldviews being challenged or re-envisioned in the digital milieu? What are the main communicative possibilities and challenges for religion in a new and digital world? And what is the impact of intercultural/religious communication on local cultures and communities?

Bangkok comms roundtable2 450The Roundtable also looked at practical questions such as how religious leaders can employ modern means of communication to appeal to new generations of faith seekers and adherents.

“This Roundtable shows that digital technology affects a vast spectrum of human life and society, and religion is undoubtedly affected and even transformed by technological progress in very profound ways,” he says.

“The research presented in the conference indicates that all the religious traditions must deal with the challenges presented by the digital milieu as well as take advantage of its benefits.

“Even though there has been a lot of research related to this theme and there have been many conferences organised, it seems that the topics for investigation remain unexhausted.

“Because information and communication technology is changing so fast, religions are barely keeping up with reflections on ICT’s implications for religion and for interreligious relations.

“I suspect topics and themes related to ICT and religion and social communication will continue to occupy the minds of religion scholars far into the future.”