Religion on the Net
It's long been my belief that the content on the Net must mirror the
interests of humans in the aggregate. Business, science, politics,
pornography, religion -- if people spend energy on it in "meatspace"
they will spend energy on it on the Net. Recently I've been accreting
pointers to religious sites; a few are listed below.
Ultraseek provides a quick
count of Web pages having the following words in their titles. The total
of 63,785 compares favorably with the cyberporn count of 11,702.
[ 1997-06-12 ]
This item relates only obliquely to
religion: it's a page
celebrating the NunBun, a cinnamon bun that emerged
from the oven of the Bongo Java coffee shop, in Nashville, Tennesee,
molded into an unmistakable likeness of the good woman of Calcutta -- one
of only five people ever voted by Congress to the distinction of honorary
citizen of the United States of America, in the company of William Penn
and Raoul Wallenberg. Christopher Hitchens reflects pithily on the story
in The Nation. His article is entitled
Theresa on a Roll.
- The Virgin of Guadalupe, credited with bringing Catholicism to Mexico, has
a new home page on the Web,
titled "interlupe." Read details in Nando.net's
- This site offers free home
pages to churches and Christian-related groups.
- The Monestery of Christ
in the Desert -- where the brothers have brought the ancient art of the
illuminated manuscript into the electronic age.
- The German Conference of Bishops recently renounced Confession by
Computer, a PC application developed in Cologne that lets users
confess to one or more of 200 sins. The program also offers advice
on how to reach priests and ministers on the Net. (A year and a
half ago TBTF for 1995-04-29 covered a new
confessional operated by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.)
- The Virtual Diocese of
Partenia presided over by Bishop Jacques Gaillot. This outspoken French
bishop was stripped of his former seat at Evreux by the Pope in 1995. But
since bishops cannot be defrocked unless excommunicated, Gaillot had to
be given another diocese. The Church's solution was to make Gaillot bishop
of Partenia, a small area in the Sahara Desert in which no people have
lived for at least 1,500 years. Since he had been made the Bishop of Nowhere,
Gaillot decided to become the Bishop of Everywhere -- i.e., of cyberspace.
- Please indulge me, I couldn't resist this site's splash screen. If you
are sensitive on subjects religious perhaps it's best not to visit. For
the rest of you, The Virtual
Church of the Blind Chihuahua is
a sacred place in cyberspace named in honor of a little old dog with
cataracts, who barked sideways at strangers, because he couldn't see
where they were. We humans relate to God in the same way, making a
more or less joyful noise in God's general direction, and expecting a
reward for doing so.
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