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The CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology

Who are we?

CODEC is place of research, inquiry, translation, re-coding and re-engineering between faiths millennia old and the contemporary digital world. Our aim is to research and to transform the theological conversation concerning digital culture. The current staff are displayed in the photo, but CODEC includes a much larger network of people exploring together the impact digital culture is making on contemporary pedagogy, the world of faith and discipleship, and on our engagement with the Bible and other sacred texts.

What do we do?

CODEC is a research centre – so our staff can be found presenting public lectures in major universities; speaking at faith festivals such as Greenbelt or Spring Harvest; leading a small group conversation in a local church; giving a paper at an academic conference; supervising a student working on a dissertation at Durham or elsewhere; sitting at a desk coding, or reading, or watching a video; or creating a Lego movie of Psalm 139; reading and writing papers; engaging with local and national government; writing funding bids for the UK’s leading Research Councils.

Our research is both theoretical and applied – listening to voices from the public, from the pew and from the academy; both a servant of the Church and a prophetic voice to the Church; developing the practical outcomes of our research into reports, resources and training opportunities, such as MediaLit – our week long course for faith practitioners exploring both the practicalities and theology of digital culture, communication and faith.

What are our foci?

Our work focuses on four areas:

  • Theology in a Digital Age – including Biblical literacy; the impact of digital transformation on society, culture and communication; theological issues related to religious identity online; the development of a North European Collaboratory for Digital Theology.
  • Preaching & Communication in a Digital Age – homiletics; communication of ideas; theology of entertainment; and the place of imagination in the life of faith.
  • Discipleship in a Digital Age –; the continued BigBible web project; issues of growth and discipleship within religious communities and their use of social media; being human in a digital age.
  • Digital Resources – providing first class examples of digital artefacts for use in teaching, training and discipleship through the Common Awards process and for wider distribution within theological training establishments in the UK and beyond.

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CODEC, St John’s College,
3, South Bailey