The link reviews an article written many years ago, long before the web was carried around in a phone. We all know what has happened, technology has taken away leisure time, not made more of it.
The priest who wrote the link was surprisingly accurate when he made the observation that organized religion is not something so important people make time for no matter what. Instead, it is dependent on people having leisure time available.
He also makes the observation I have made here many times–that the computer is a competitive source of information to the Church. He wrote the computer has become the Church itself in this sense.
I have to confess I, along with my economist colleages, was unimpressed in the early days of the “computer relvolution.” It seemed to me to be just another tool, like the air hammer that breaks up concrete and the automatic trasmission on cars. Both changed the way things were done, but not what was done.
I now see that it has had a far reaching effect on how people think. It has changed how people spend their time both when working and when not working. It has giving both the wealthy/powerful and the lowly bottom-of-the-rung certain weapons to use against each other.
For the “religious class”, the set of people who live off the time and donations of the public, all this is a lose-lose. There is less time for church and less reverence for what it is.
Please, the Priest asks, spend more time with me.