Divine Proximity in Digital Spaces: An Integrative Theological Method

This research paper aims to introduce divine proximity in a digital context grounded in biblical principles and sound theology. Going beyond this presentation, through an integrative approach of theological methodology, the paper asserts the presence of God in the digital realm through the intersection of philosophy, culture, and theology. The paper is a pursuit of truth, not merely offering an opinion. A faith-seeking understanding, not merely reacting. A truth and a question: God is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-11); indeed, He is omnipresent but can God be present in today’s digital realm?

Digital theology, or theology of technology, is a small circle for a scholarship. It is not the aim here to define digital theology. Nevertheless, there is a need to present the predicament and challenges brought by this cultural shift converging over the past two years. Following this background, another context collapse narrows down this paper’s particular perspective, limitations, and intentions. After laying down the setting, the primary content follows.

Kreider and Svigel propose eight fields of study for their integrative method. In this proposal, they also recognize that each field overlaps. Hence, the following section presents five overlapping fields, namely, (1) Biblical survey, (2) Theology and History, (3) Philosophy and Science, (4) Arts and Culture, and (5) Moral and Pastoral views on digital theology. The last part presents the synthesis of all the fields as a culmination.

Therefore, the flow of this paper is the challenge, context, content, culmination, and conclusion. Nevertheless, before everything else, this paper borrows from Richard Muller’s theological Latin for a working definition of God’s proximity, presence, and omnipresence—interchangeably. Muller defines, “God is everywhere present in the sense of being unbounded by space or measure… [and] because he is an infinite spiritual, immaterial being who cannot be contained or restricted by physical dimensions.”

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  1. unclear
    I really wanted this to be a good proposal because of the significance of the topic, but the proposal is unclear and meandering, which does not make one optimistic about the paper.

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