Acta Koreana is published semi-annually on June 15 and December 15 by Academia Koreana, Keimyung University.
SCREEN CHRISTIANITY: VIDEO SERMONS IN THE CREATION OF TRANSNATIONAL KOREAN CHURCHES
HEATHER MELLQUIST LEHTO
Vol. 20 No. 2
pp. 395~421 (all 27 pages)
South Korea, Christianity, media, technology, diaspora
This article attends to the central role of video and projection screens in transnational multisite churches based in South Korea. Drawing on field research in Seoul and in Los Angeles, this article illustrates how the relationship between congregants and the screens themselves is a condition for the emergence of a particular configuration of Christian community, which I will peirastically call “screen Christianity.” The place of screens and their related practices undergird theological conceptions of contact and community, such that screens are said to transmit healing touches and pastors are understood to be present through the proliferation of their screened image. Considering these Christian churches as engaging in screen Christianity highlights how particular material confi- gurations animate these church bodies and ultimately make such transnational communities imaginable.
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