What's Lost — And Gained — When Religion Goes Virtual

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:50pm
Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 5:31pm

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Religious communities all over the country are coming to the realization that some of the most important religious holidays of the year will feel a lot different this time around. 

Easter is just around the corner for Christians, as is Passover for Jews and Ramadan for Muslims. And it’s looking like those celebrations will have to largely happen online this year as churches, synagogues and mosques turn to live-streaming services, Zoom gatherings and phone calls to try to maintain community. 

But so much of religion is about community and often it’s about physically being together.

So as religion moves online, what’s lost? And just maybe, what’s gained? 

To share more about that, The Show talked to Gaymon Bennett, professor of Religion, Science & Technology at Arizona State University. 

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