Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet

Dear readers,


 In a Ubisoft Forums' thread on "Religion in Assassin's Creed" a participant called TJByrum2 wrote the following passage starting the thread: "Assassin's Creed has lots of references to religion and the Gods. Well, even though I am not very religious myself, I just love to hear about it, see it, experience it." In order to celebrate the complete redesign of Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet we decided to dedicate this first special issue to a subject which is both highly relevant and mostly neglected by Cultural and Religious Studies: “Religion in Digital Games“!


Our editorial team was able to assemble articles by authors from many different disciplines and we are proud to present you with a truly interdisciplinary and multiperspective compilation which hopefully will encourage further academic research on the topic. So I am very pleased to announce the new issue of our journal. And I am pretty sure this only will be the first of many equally scientifically challenging issues of our journal in the near future.

I wish you an enjoyable read!

Gregor Ahn (editor in chief)


Vol 5 (2014): Religion in Digital Games. Multiperspective and Interdisciplinary Approaches

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online is an international open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Institute of Religious Studies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany).

online is committed to promoting and (theoretically and methodically) advancing scientific research at the interface between religion and the internet.

online welcomes submissions from all academic disciplines and perspectives (e.g. Religious Studies, Social Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Theology, Anthropology, etc.) focussing on general and specific issues of religions and new digital media.

online expects authors to present their research in terms of relevant theoretical and / or methodological discussions and to be of interest to a wide, but mainly academic audience in a manner intelligible not only to specialists.

online explicitely encourages authors to also write and submit reviews of new and important books that deal with topics relevant for the journal’s scopes.

online is looking forward to submissions and inquiries of any kind. Please contact


The journal is always keen to collect high quality scholarship on issues relating to religions on the Internet and welcomes submissions pertaining to all aspects of theses matters anytime to be published in a future issue! Submissions and queries should be send to the following address: