Ключові слова:

cyberreligion, globalization, cyberspace, cybertechnologies, religious discourse.


The article presents some concepts of modern religious studies on cyberreligion as a postmodern phenomenon. The advent of modern technology and, in particular, computermediated communication has an important impact on the religious life of modern society. This scientific research is devoted to specific examples of the relationship between religious movements and organizations and scientific achievements and above all to the Internet space. These examples are illustrated by the author in the perspective of the diversity of typologies of religions, both traditional and modern religious movements. The emphasis placed by the author of the article is devoted to theoretical and methodological issues in the perspective of the concept of cyberreligion, respectively, the Internet space and Internet communications. Foreign approaches to the study of cyberreligion, the influence of the Internet on the formation of religiosity in the social space of the postmodern era are analyzed.

It is shown that the development of computer technology is associated with major changes in various areas of mass consciousness. Information, political, sexual and other revolutions of recent decades have liberated the minds of a huge number of people, expanded the boundaries of freedom of expression. Postmodern culture strengthened the position of relativism, made the mass notion of the relativity of the boundary between reality and illusion. The study of cyberreligion as a phenomenon of today has many benefits for understanding not only religious innovations, but also the general laws of the nature of religion, its origin and development.

It is investigated that the main objective condition for the emergence of cyberreligion was the existence of a special sphere of human activity - the sphere of computer technology, which has become vital for modern people. We have pointed out that a person who comes into contact with this branch of life is aware of the high degree of its significance and content - it is a huge complex world, which contains new great opportunities and great prospects.

In this regard, today the question of the relationship between cyberspace and religion is becoming a matter of special discourse and requires further consideration and scientific prediction. There are a huge number of different religions on the Internet, and they are quite different. Attempts to explain and classify this phenomenon in modern religious studies are caused by the diversity and inconsistency of cyber-religious formations.

Біографія автора

M. S. Melnychuk, National University of Water and Environmental Engineering, Rivne, Ukraine

Candidate of Philosopchical Sciences, Associate Professor


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