The Christian faith is not so much one based on old documents as it is a meandering faith based on whims of the marketplace. Interpretations change as those in the pews change their perspectives on sin and hell. This meandering of “the faith”seems about to go in ever more directions.
An article in the Journal of Religion and Society entitled, “The Virtual Pilgramage…”, by Sarah MacMillion discusses worshipping on the computer.
She mentions a couple of worship sites one of which I looked at, www.sacredspace.ie . The site is a virtual church experience. It claims 5 million visitors a year. MacMillion’s article says there are one million of these worship sites.
MacMillion writes that worship on the computer removes the concept of place from the worship experience. Gone is both the church and the alter in the church. They are replaced with what she calls “congnitive space.”
The “fellowship” aspect of this worship experience is fascinating. On this site, there isn’t any.
There is no physical encounter with the faith, no incense, wine, greetings, hugs or music. The experience is abstract.
Unlike the previous technology that brought religion first on the radio and then television, the computer is different in that the worshipper controls the content. He shops among sites until he finds content he likes.
Like virtual college classes, virtual worship is far less expensive. The popularity of this worship must be affecting church attendance.
And, each person gets to hear the message he chooses.