Social Networks and the Institutional Reinterpretation of Chilean Pentecostalism
Through the methodological framework of virtual ethnography, we analyze the semantic structuring (through analytical protocols and axial crosses) present in religious communities discourses expressed in forums, blog, social networks. Basic codes are identified, structured through theory and discourse. It describes the modifications of the fundamental dogmatic constructs, role generation and religious restructuring in a digital space and its implication in the construction of daily life.
The analysis of results evidences the existence of believers who attend religious ceremonies, but who participate actively in social networks building knowledge parallel to institutional. The use of networks incorporates neologisms into religious discourse, redefining the concept of divinity, authorities, church among others, suppressing or reinterpreting complex theological constructions of Pentecostal dogma. The reinterpretation is democratized and built in the form of wikis in forums and networks in an evolutionary, complex and radicular way. The behavior in the network is based on institutional criticism, conceptual reinterpretation, dogmatic modification and religious socialization. In the process, spontaneous Pentecostal virtual communities are configured and constantly restructured. It is not enough to constitute a cyber religion, but if it establishes an anomic network religious and virtual.