Full Interview: Rachel Wagner on digital culture and religion

The Qur'an

This week on Spark, we look at the intersection of digital culture and religion and what it means for how we understand the sacred. Nora's guest is Rachel Wagner, assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Ithaca College in New York.

It's an interesting conversation touching on some of the latest websites, games and tools Rachel has discovered through her research into spirituality and virtual spaces. Is a clickable prayer wheel that lives on your computer as valid as a physical 3D one that you turn with your hand? If you download the Qur'an onto your iPod, can you still keep your music there too, or should the device be reserved for religious use? And Nora and Rachel discuss a new website that will "say your prayers" for a pre-paid fee, in the event you don't have time, or you forget.

Rachel is working on a book called God Wired, which will be out later this year.

A shorter version of this interview will air on the April 15th and 18th episode of Spark, but you can download the MP3 of the full interview.

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