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“Out On A Limb – the body of Christ and individual bodies online”

This paper explores the complexity of human and ecclesial identity, within the New Testament language of the Body of Christ. Arguing that an online presence, or identity, is a digital fingerprint rather than a complete self, this paper suggests that healthy usage of social media by Christians is an outworking of their faith, rather than a question of identity.

Building on the work of New Testament Scholars and Systematic Theologians from a range of traditions, this paper argues that the individuality of present-day culture is best challenged by concerted and social Christian digital activity. Blending Biblical studies with a thoughtful awareness of Systematic Theology, ethics and Digital Theology, the language of ‘Out On A Limb’ is demonstrated to be a particularly healthy way of getting a handle on ones-self, in order to reach others.

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