Timothy Snyder is a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Boston University. Snyder was a 2013 Coolidge Fellow in the CrossCurrents Research Colloquium at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City.
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Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience
On my first Patriots’ Day in Boston, I was enjoying lunch with several colleagues when someone rushed into the restaurant: There had been an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Moments later, caravans of ambulances and police cars raced, and the reports of casualties rolled in.
In the hours and days that followed, social media became for me, and many others, a sacred space to share our prayers and words of disbelief.