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Christians under CoversEvangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet$
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Kelsy Burke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286320

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286320.001.0001

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Virtual and Virtuous

Virtual and Virtuous

Forming Online Religious Communities

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(p.81) Three Virtual and Virtuous
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Christians under Covers
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Kelsy Burke

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286320.003.0004

Chapter 3 details how website users get to know one another and trust that they are in a community of like-minded believers. BTS members and LCL readers establish themselves as insiders within these communities by engaging in social performances that resonate with other evangelical Christians—they use familiar tropes, such as referencing Satan and incorporating commonly held evangelical Protestant beliefs into their discussions. This maintains boundaries between website users and those with differing beliefs or sexual practices. Yet amid these boundaries, they justify anonymous online interaction by citing their belief that only God knows who someone “really is” and that everyone who finds the sites does so for a God-led purpose.

Keywords:   online community, boundaries, evangelical, social performance

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