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Virtual Church is waiting for the real believers

June 21 2006

Come to church, offered prayers and light a candle, not looking up from the monitor ... It turns out today and it is possible. In Novosibirsk, created the site, allowing not only access to the theological content, but also to perform a religious rite.

Going into it, the user with a mouse can choose their own icon, to put out the candle and light it, and extinguish it. You can change your candlestick. All manipulations are accompanied by appropriate church music.

Credits Viktor Kotov prayers in the notebook is not considered to be something unnatural. Especially what to use prayer portal, he considers it appropriate only in cases of emergency. Disagree with him his father Vladimir, a priest of the local church of St. Alexander Nevsky, who believes that people hoping for a virtual prayer, can not count on the kingdom of heaven.

Meanwhile, the idea of a temple on the Web is not new. Not so long ago such a project was launched in the UK. Virtual church beckoning Internet parishioners bells. Service makes Mervyn Roberts, Vicar of one of the provincial English parishes. As the site it can be, for example, to confess. It will have to remit their sins in writing and sent by e-mail to a higher authority ...

The Action Team Vicar of supporters of modern technology supported by web designers expects by 2020 to "develop" a full religious service in cyber space for all followers of the Church of England. It is assumed that their web page will open every Anglican parish in the UK. After all, the website already have every self-respecting newspaper or organization. That's just how full can be networked temple.

According to the press secretary of Metropolitan of Astana and Almaty, Archpriest Alexander Ivlev, creating a virtual church is nonsense. As he pointed out, the church - a community of living people, united around the sacrament of Communion. Virtual Parish - one of the ways to cheat the people and the Orthodox Church does not support this kind of worship.

However, the trend is already present and we can assume that after some time, despite the criticism, the virtual church will become commonplace. Or disappear, having exhausted the interest of parishioners. Although the latter is doubtful, because as a virtual congregation of the church, its creators see those people who, for whatever reason can not or do not want to become a parishioner of the ordinary local church, as well as those who travel a lot, but wanted to comply with all the necessary rites.

Constantine Woodpeckers

Materials:, Blagovest-info, BBC, IA REGNUM, Computer Newspaper.

Константин Дятлов

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