Formation of new type of human and transformation of religiosity in the information society

2016;
: 75-80
https://doi.org/10.23939/shv2016.02.075
Received: October 27, 2016
Accepted: December 12, 2016
Authors:
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Lviv National University named after Ivan Franko

The article analyses religion of a modern person, considering the role of the Internet and virtual reality in the information society. Modern society is an open information society in which the main role in economic,  political and cultural development is information. There can be distinguished the following features of Information Society: fast growing of electronic information resources, free dissemination of information and free access to it. A person in the modern world has to instantly react on the emergence of available information calls, technical innovations, rapid social and cultural development. Religion uses new means of communication for their own distribution and better communication with their followers or possible adepts. The Internet is increasingly becoming a mediator between a person and religion where everyone can get information about the variety of religions, practice them and communicate with other believers. At the modern stage, a person departs from established forms of communication with the supernatural and begins to create new forms of religiosity which are a better reflection of the current state of social and scientific development. Traditional religions use the Internet for communication with their followers. Besides, new religions - cyber religions - appear. Cyber religions radically change human consciousness since real communication with the supernatural strength is replaced by the virtual, unreal, and thus, formed ideas are not about true communion with God but about a game which can stop at any time or start again. Moreover, a person usually acquires new features which are not real but which he or she wants to receive. He or she turns to the Creator with help of the new technology, creates an alternative world in virtual reality and receives unlimited power over him.

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