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The exponential growth of the Cyber society and Cyber culture within the Internet has not gone unnoticed by the religious community As I write church web sites are being published and electronic prayer groups zip by in modems and wire networks across the globe Even isolated monasteries like the Monastery of the Christ in the Desert see sidebar are able to send their Benedictine messages from their cloister in New Mexico New age religions also use the virtual soil of the Internet as the center of their virtual church see end of the Cyber society Observation for links on religious web pages With these in mind it is safe to write that Religion has seamlessly incorporated itself within the realm of Cyber society The presence of Religion in Net Culture is not an unforeseen trend Although Religion and Modernity does not have the best relationship Religion has learned that they need to conform with the current trends of technology to survive Religion sees Modernity in hand with secularization as a threat to spiritual well-being and existence of its churches Today for example membership in Christian denominations is decreasing and the number of priests is on the downward slope as well The declining trends are placed on modern individuals tendency to think of religion as neither good nor bad but simply irrelevant Encarta Religion Another reason lies in the prestige appropriated to science the body of knowledge that made no reference to spiritual gods and the foundation of all the technologies that made human life easier The religious organizations recognize the decline in membership and religious passivity of the general populace Instead of going condemning the technology they adapted to it and used it to perform their evangelical work Evangelicalism originally means personal commitment to Christ and the authority of the Bible Encarta Religion Evangelicalism can also mean the spreading
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