Is the Internet killing the Church? it was a question posted on a Christian forum recently. And it doesn’t half make you think! However having so done – I would say no. Firstly, the question was asked and then debated over none other than the World Wide Web. Next, I know that mini-football, Sunday shopping and the thousand and one morning choices are certainly reducing worshipping congregations to pretty nominal levels. But I don’t see the Internet has having a particularly large role in that equation. But maybe most important of all is to think what the ‘Church’ is. Is it a building that to many teenagers is the 3Bs – big, brown and boring? Is it an institution with all the faults and failings of national and multinational corporations? Or is it the verb of doing worship and community together? If indeed it is the latter then, to a reasonable level, interaction with each other over the Net is not just a possibility but an essential aspect of future Christianity. Certainly we want to do better with this new medium than we have achieved with television!
Has it happened before? Yes, when the printed book appeared in the middle ages it was embraced by the Church and made its own. Let us now do like wise.
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