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Theology and Ministry

The Bible as Augmented Reality

Dr Richard Briggs and Dr Pete Phillips


This paper explores the notion of the Bible as ‘augmented reality’, a phrase used to refer to the addition of a layer of digital data superimposed upon our normal field of vision. We look at some points of contact between this notion and that of the Bible as the Church’s book and a light for its life. We then turn to various reference points for thinking through this image more widely, in literature, theology, and philosophy. A final section considers initial areas for further exploration in developing the image, as one among many useful ways of thinking about the Bible in today’s world.

Key Words: Bible; Augmented Reality; Metaphor; Spectacles; Construal

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