Church & New Media Blogging Converts Internet Activists & Bishop

Vogt Brandon
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The Church needs to engage in the digital revolution.

A 25-year-old part-time blogger and full-time mechanical engineer is convinced that the Catholic Church needs to embrace new media as it did print, radio, and television. If She wants to connect with her flock, Brandon Vogt says, the Church needs to engage the digital revolution.

And some of the Church's most influential shepherds agree. With endorsements from three cardinals, two archbishops, and a Vatican communications official, Vogt has produced a groundbreaking book on technology and faith, which also includes contributions from dozens of other Catholic new media experts.

People around the world are adjusting to the greatest communication shift since the dawn of the printing press. Millions today communicate through Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and Twitter, which means the effectiveness of the Church's message depends on engaging these New Media tools.

Author Brandon Vogt - a mechanical engineer by profession - is a writer and speaker who blogs about theology, technology, social justice, and books. This rare convergence of talent and professional background has positioned him to write a primer that is virtually a stand-alone resource.

Following Pope Benedict's call to evangelize the "digital continent," The Church and New Media explores the power and risks of New Media while guiding Christians through this new digital environment.

Foreword by Cardinal Seán O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

Afterword by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

The book's 12 contributors are a veritable who's who of Catholic new media experts. They explore a range of new media tactics:

  • reaching the unchurched
  • sharing spiritual journeys
  • connecting with young adults
  • reading - and writing - blogs
  • understanding ancient Church tradition
  • podcasting
  • digitally defending the teachings of the Church
  • new-media strategies for dioceses and parishes
  • the Vatican's digital model
  • new-media activism
  • building digital movements

    "I knew this book would better serve the Church if it came from multiple perspectives," Vogt explains. "So I gathered a dozen of the best new-media innovators to explain their areas of expertise. This helped the book play more like a symphony than a solo. It made the song much more alluring."

    Expert contributors include:

  • Father Robert Barron
  • Lisa Hendey
  • Jennifer Fulwiler
  • Father Dwight Longenecker
  • Thomas Peters
  • Mark Shea
  • Matt Warner

  • Format:
    5.20 x 7.90

    Brandon Vogt is a Catholic writer and speaker who regularly blogs at The Thin Veil. He writes on spirituality, technology, and social-justice, and features regular book reviews and weekly giveaways. He also manages a special blog connected with his new book, The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet at The Church and New Media. The book, essentially a one-of-a-kind resource on new media for the Church, has been endorsed by many of the top ranking Cardinals and bishops in the U.S - including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC.

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