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date: 24 June 2019

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Media technology is always embedded in certain cultural and social patterns of reception. Media are received differently over time in diverse milieus. This becomes particularly evident when a new technology is introduced. Beyond the pivotal question of media content, the scientific study of religion and for cultural studies benefits from highlighting issues of the cultural integration of specific media in general and from attempts to understand the valuation of specific media content. This chapter notes that ‘medium’ has a long-term etymology in European theology and philosophy and offers a roadmap for the study of media and religions. A systematic analytical approach is proposed focusing on the three dimensions of media production, media contents, and media reception. The combination of these three dimensions facilitates a cross-media perspective that offers insights into the mutual interplay between the production and the reception of religious contents in media.

Keywords: communication technologies, media, mediatization, religion, spiritualization of media

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