The Triumphs and Perils of Social Media for American Religious Literacy

By: Grace Xu

April 22, 2023

Spring 2023 Student Symposium: REWA Minors

Since its advent, social media has not only mobilized religious freedom around the world, but also connected physically distant religious communities. This paper will explore another dimension of the relationship between social media and religion: how platforms like Twitter and Facebook are impacting religious literacy, the awareness of how religion intersects with society. Religious literacy is increasing with greater availability of information, but it is also threatened by the politicization, reductionism, and disinformation associated with social media platforms. While this analysis is focused on the United States, the principles of effective religious engagement on social media developed herein certainly have universal application.


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