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1. Introduction, Lorne L. Dawson and Douglas E. Cowan 2. Cyberfaith: How Americans Pursue Religion Online, Elena Larsen Part I: Being Religious in Cyberspace 3. Popular Religion and the World Wide Web: A Match Made in (Cyber) Heaven, Christopher Helland 4. Cyberspace as Sacred Space: Communicating Religion on Computer Networks, Stephen D. O'Leary 5. Young People, Religious Identity, and the Internet, Mia Lovheim 6. Religion and the Quest for Virtual Community, Lorne L. Dawson Part II: Mainstream Religions in Cyberspace 7. Reading and Praying Online: The Continuity of Religion Online and Online Religion in Internet Christianity, Glenn Young 8. "This Is My Church": Seeing the Internet and Club Culture as Spiritual Spaces, Heidi Campbell 9. "Rip.Burn.Pray.": Islamic Expression Online, Gary R. Bunt 10. The Cybersangha: Buddhism on the Internet, Charles S. Prebish Part III: New Religions in Cyberspace 11. New Religions and the Internet: Recruiting in a New Public Space, Lorne L. Dawson and Jenna Hennebry 12. The Internet as Virtual Spiritual Community: Teen Witches in the United States and Australia, Helen A. Berger and Douglas Ezzy 13. The Goddess Net, Wendy Griffin 14. The House of Netjer: A New Religious Community Online, Marilyn C. Krogh and Brooke Ashley Pillifant Part IV: Religious Quests and Contests in Cyberspace 15. Virtual Pilgrimage to Ireland's Croagh Patrick, Mark W. Macwilliams 16. Searching for the Apocalypse in Cyberspace, Robert A. Campbell 17. Contested Spaces: Movement, Countermovement, and E-Space Propaganda, Douglas E. Cowan

About the Author

Lorne L. Dawson is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His many publications include Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements and Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader. Douglas E. Cowan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of several books including the forthcoming Cyberhenge:Modern Paganism on the World Wide Web (Routledge, 2004).

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