Even for God to keep up He has to embrace the Internet


via www.mitcholson.co.nz

The Church of Scotland is meeting this week to consider allowing online communions and baptisms, and how they might work.

“We are responding to where we find ourselves in society in a positive and engaging way,” vice-convener of the Mission and Discipleship Council Norman Smith told UK paper the Daily Mail.

“It shows that the Church is not behind the times.”

The Church of Scotland belongs to the Protestant branch of Christianity, which has traditionally been more open to change than Catholicism. Massey University religious historian Peter Lineham says it’s a replay of a “very ancient rift” between the two.

“The Catholic notion is that it’s impossible to have online baptisms or online communion, because by definition somebody’s got to be the intermediary between you and the divinity. But in the Protestant notion of the flattened experience… everybody can participate for themselves.”

He says it’s not as strange a move as it might seem, with other religious movements finding “stunning” success in using social media and television to reach followers.

And on the 8th Day, God created the Internet, and he saw it was good.

Televangelists have long used media to reap “huge amounts” of money, with Prof Lineham saying many followers’ primary experience of church is sitting in front of their televisions.

And that’s not to mention Islamic State, whose use of social media belies its otherwise medieval outlook on life.

Across the English Channel, Protestant churches in Germany are now offering free Wi-Fi hotspots, or “godspots”.

But is on online baptism taking it a little too far? Prof Lineham says it won’t replace the traditional dunking, but there’s a place for it.

“It’s way out on the fringe and I doubt it could ever exist by itself. It’s like an extension of something that’s real, but there are points in one’s life where the virtual substitutes for the real and has its place.”

This whole thing refreshes the idea of the Church of Whaleoil.  Tax free donations.  No taxes at all in fact.  And you can all come here daily for the sermon and your absolution for having stray thoughts about Labour or Green policies.

And I like the idea of Whalespots.  Free WiFi where all you can get is Whaleoil, and all other media are blocked for my disciples’ peace and salvation.


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