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Internet credited with transforming worship

by Hannah Tooley

Brit Tim Berners-Lee, then a scientist based at the Cern project, built the tools necessary for a working web and posted a summary of the world wide web project on a newsgroup.

It first became a publicly available service on August 6th 1991 and now more than three billion people use it all over the world.

Bex Lewis, Christian and senior lecturer in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, told Premier the internet has transformed worship.

She said it has changed lives all over the world: "I think it's transformed everyone, whether you actively go online or not.

"I think it's just changed the way the world goes, I think it's just enabled us to connect with more people, we've been able to do stuff more flexibly, we've got the world at our fingertips all the time."

She said the internet has provided opportunities for flexible working, building friendships all around the world and researching.

"[It's] a chance to look up stuff we're interested in, to have conversations with people, both within our own faith groups and other groups, we can see much more of what the Pope or the Archbishop of Canterbury are up to.

"I think it's really powerful and I think we need to be unafraid," she said.

However Dr Lewis added that the internet does also contain harmful content.

She said: "The idea is that human beings use this technology and human beings are fundamentally a broken, flawed race, and therefore the things that we do in any space - we're going to do them online because that's where we're spending so much time."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Bex Lewis here:

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