Antonio SPADARO. Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.pp 160. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-0823257003. Reviewed by Peter BEISHEIM, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 02357
The publication of this book solidifies Antonio Spadaro’s reputation as the “go to guy” in Rome when there are questions or issues regarding Religion/Theology in our Digital World. He is no longer known only for THE interview of Francis weeks after his election to the Papacy. The slim volume is an excellent primer to the span of questions and concerns for religion, theology, and the Church when all three encounter the digital world. Spadaro does not limit himself solely to the evangelizing opportunites of digital media. He explores the impact of technology on theological anthropology, ethics and hacking, as well as the meaning of sacrament and experiencing sacraments in virtual space. The book would be appropriate and excellent for class discussion with “digital natives” about the religious and ecclesial developments when faith encounters the digital world.