Religious Authority and the New Media

  title={Religious Authority and the New Media},
  author={Bryan S. Turner},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={117 - 134}
  • B. Turner
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Political Science
  • Theory, Culture & Society
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