The Light of Islam


This article emphasizes the influx of Christianity into cyberspace, the history of the first virtual forums, groups, networks, and websites relevant to this religion. It discusses the results of the studies on the widespread of faith, particularly Christianity, on the Internet. Examples, obtained as a result of American, Canadian, and British scientists’ observation of these processes, are provided. As it is known, scientists divide the studies on the correlation between religion and the Internet into three periods. Based on this fact, we paid attention to the studies of the leading representatives of each period and their results. In the second half of the twentieth century, the process, which began with a simple message on a bulletin board system (BBS), began to develop rapidly. Special forums on the expression of religious views (e.g. “Origins”, 1983) and virtual groups dedicated to Christianity (“net.religion.Christian”, 1984) come to light. The author analyzes and justifies these groups were paid much attention and participated actively by the general population and the church. The article identifies the most discussed topics in the virtual communities, which were established in the first network for religious dialogue Ecunet in their public and private (paid) conversations. It provides information about an online religious ceremony on the memory of the missing astronauts of the Challenger spacecraft. It shows how the emergence of the free World Wide web and the possibility of working with hypertext and creating websites influenced the dynamics of Christianity in cyberspace. It also provides information on the leading websites of cyber-communication technologies and which sects and churches they belong to.

First Page


Last Page



  1. Abdullayeva, M. (2018). Approaches for studying religious process in cyberspace. The Light of Islam, Vol. 2018 : Iss. 1 , Article 13.
  2. Campbell, H. (2005). Spiritualising the internet: Uncovering discourses and narratives of religious internet usage. Online-Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet, 1(1), 1-26.
  3. Campbell, H. (2006). Religion and the internet. Communication Research Trends, 26(1), 1-24.
  4. Campbell, H. (2007).Who’s got the power? Religious authority and the internet. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(3), 1043-1062.
  5. Catiane Rocha Passos de SOUZ, Dr. Rita de Cassia de Aragao MATOS. (2007). Between no churched and cyber Pentecostals: religious modus vivendi in the society under mediatization. Journal for Communication Studies, 33-51.
  6. Dixon, P. C. (1997). Cyberchurch, Christianity and the Internet. Kingsway Publications.
  7. Gilmore, К. (2009). A Church without Walls: Finding Community in Central Christian Church’s Online Campus. A thesis for the Master of Arts Degree. Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.
  8. Helland, C. (2004). Religion on the internet: a sociological inquiry into participation and community online. A Thesis for the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy. University of Toronto.
  9. Helland, C. (2007). Diaspora on the electronic frontier: Developing virtual connections with sacred homelands. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 959.

10. Клименко Д. (2010) Ватикан и новые информационные технологии. Вестн. Моск. Ун-та. Сер. 10. № 2. – С. 107

11. Lochhead, D. (1997). Shifting realities: Information technology and the church. Geneva, Switzerland: WCC Publications.

12. Mullins, T. (2011). Online church: a biblical community. A Thesis for the degree doctor of ministry. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

13. Nesbit, J. (2000). Virtual church as a site for cyberfaith: A uses and gratifications analysis of two home church discussion lists. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. The University of New Mexico.

14. O'Leary, S. (1996). Cyberspace as Sacred Space: Communicating Religion on Computer Networks. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 64(4), 794.

15. Rheingold, H. (1993). The virtual community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier. Cambridge: The MIT Press. 2000 (second addition).

16. ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Всемирная паутина – мурожаат санаси: 02.02.2021 й. (n.d.). Retrieved 2021 йил 02-02

17. Свиридова Н. (2011). Религия онлайн. Философские проблемы информационных технологий и киберпространства, № 2. С. 238-247.

18. Wyndham, M. (1996). Cyberchurch: christian community in cyberspace. A Dissertation for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

19. Young, G. (2004). Reading and praying online: The continuity in religion online and online religion in internet Christianity. New York: Routledge.

20. Zaleski, J. (1997). The Soul of Cyberspace: How New Technology is Changing our Spiritual Lives. . New York: HarperCollins Publishers.