Thursday, November 10, 2016

[blog five]

 Throughout all of the Story Time Jesus memes, there is always a casual conversation happening as if Jesus is friendly and casual. This specific offline person has been deemed as the guy to get "all your clever" advice from. We see that there are followers gathered around him as if they would be doing that when Jesus was alive. In the New Testament there are many accounts of Jesus having followers and Jesus speaking in front of crowds. In those stories you see the genuineness of Jesus. He would walk alongside the sick, heal the hurt, love all the people all the time. The offline religious culture of who Jesus is, is accurately depicted in every one of these memes. Most of the memes are specifically about his nature of love and what he would do and what He wants his people to do. Others have taken more of a humorous political stand by Jesus supposedly making comments about the current election. We see that Jesus is made authentic online. His character and authority offline is presented online through the memes. There is however a contrast. Some have made Story Time Jesus someone who could care less about politics, "would never vote republican" and is telling people to above all "love everyone", "even the Muslims" Whereas the meme below bluntly has Jesus saying that "Trump would make a great F****** President" 

The individuals who are creating specific Story Time Jesus memes are contrasting his offline with the online. The case to be made is that there is now a blurring of the offline and online. The authority that Jesus has with His followers offline is clearly being stated here, but what He believes and professes is being blurred in the online. There is not a blurring of his authority and what Christianity is, but a misrepresentation of how he would actually be speaking to the people who loves. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

[blog four]

 The common hierarchy authority is Jesus Christ. He is the recognized leader of Christianity. He is marked as being a teacher and one who knew no sin. The authority he had over others was given by God. In present day, people who believe that Jesus is the savior are guided by his example. The structure of this authority throughout a community is how Christians follow Christ's example. They attend church services to hear teachings about the words He and his followers have said. In the present day church, there are several denominations. Baptist, Catholicism Church of Christ, Methodist, Presbyterian. Communities within Christianity value togetherness and corporate worship. 
The ideologies of each denominations are full of a variety of practices. In the case of Catholicism, one of the Leaders in the church is the Pope, where as a nondenominational church doesn't have a official leader, but several "teaching pastors" that help walk through the text.  Although specific practices among all of the denominations are look different from others, the text that holds the authority is the Bible. The Bible contains many stories of prophets and encounters with Jesus. It is to be viewed as a text that carries authority throughout generation to. When story time Jesus says, "I don't want four versions of this going around" It humorizes the fact that others have adapted changed their sacred text. This has been taken from an offline context. The Bible references many times that Jesus has spoken publicly about how to live. What the creator of this meme has done, is changed the topics or made them more sarcastic to appeal to current events that are happening. 

In the case of Story Time Jesus the authority of Jesus is being shaped to demonstrate his influence. He is taking scripture from the Bible and using it in a funny way to remind the people gathered around him to follow his commandments. All of the memes either scripture or apply biblical principals to everyday life. This case study pertains to the present day election because Story Time Jesus is telling followers not to disregard their beliefs when voting for specific individuals. 

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In digital religion, the Logic of Continuity and Complementary states a reminding of the offline authority, in the online. (Digital Religion, p. 78) Since this day and age, more and more individuals are on the internet, researching and professing things, the case study of Story Time Jesus shows its capability of influencing voters who identify with Christianity.