From Bible apps to kosher phones, how digital tech is changing religion
While it may seem like technological society is pushing us away from religion it might actually be pulling us closer to religion and ritual.
Pope Francis has weighed in on the stereotypical relationship between tech and religion. He's said: "what would happen if we treated the bible like we do our mobile phones?"
The Pope is also on Twitter daily, sharing sentiments of the Catholic faith to his over 17 million followers.
When people want to understand religion in the 21st century their first place to go, is not the local mosque or church, they call on Rabbi Google or Imam Google, or Pastor Google."- Heidi Campbell
With the use of the Internet and mobile devices, "it's easier to explore a tradition that is outside of your experience," Campbell told Spark host Nora Young.
"When people want to understand religion in the 21st century their first place to go, is not the local mosque or church, they call on Rabbi Google or Imam Google, or Pastor Google."
Campbell theorises digital religion is the relationship between religion and how we use or practice traditional faith and rituals through our devices and technology.
Take The Bible App by YouVersion for example, it was one of the first Christian apps on the market, and remains the most popular one today, with over 300 million downloads.
"It's an extension that every time you open up a new tab, lets you view a random reminder, and a reminder being either a verse from the Quran or a hadith," Ali told Spark.
"I use some religious apps, the ones that you would typically find most Muslims using, like apps that would allow you to know when the next prayer time is for example." said Ali.
Campbell argues that this access also allows people to search out religious information and have experiences of worship without visiting a physical space.
"Digital media allows people to transcend space and time, and especially for people where worship events were a one-day embodied activity." said Campbell.