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Experiments with Religion in the Internet's Early Days March 06, 2014
Those first days of the Internet – the 80s to early 90s – were a virtual Wild West, when no one knew exactly what the Web could do, and anything seemed possible. Religious folks were some of the first people to latch on to the new technology, and they came up with all kinds of ways to explore spirituality in the digital realm. Some have lasted (prayer chat rooms) and some haven't (the 'noosphere'). 

Heidi Campbell, associate professor of communications at Texas A&M University
Gregory Grieve, associate professor of religious studies at University of North Carolina, Greensboro