The virtual world as "Sacred Place"?

November 16, 2009

November 16, 2009

Early in our course, Human Images in World Religions (REL 108), we wrestled with the role "place" plays for religious people and religious communities, in terms of being a possible vehicle for transformation. Through the oppositional lenses provided by theorists Mircea Eliade and Emile Durkheim we questioned whether a "place" can be considered innately sacred or if sacrality is something assigned by humanity. The debate was lively and the perspectives were varied, but no one introduced this latest wildcard... Online Churches?!

According to a recent CNN article titled "Online churches draw believers, critics," online religious services are becoming more common. What do you think? Virtual Communion, online faith commitments, web-worship. Is this the future of religious life for plugged-in parishioners? Read the article and let me know what you think.

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