Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Jesus and iPad: A blessed incompatibility!

church_wifiPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-04-17]: A church has handed out tablets instead of hymn books - but not stone ones etched with the 10 commandments: these are Android fondleslabs whose pinch-to-zoom feature is a godsend for elderly parishioners. The first tab-equipped Church of England congregation at St John's Church in Mickleover, near Derby, clutched Archos tablets as backups for the church's existing projection screens, allowing the most myopic of Christians to follow the service and sing along during the important bits. [source: web news] For those of you who got excited with these news, think again. The essence of the church are its teachings, not the Android operating system it uses on its tablets. The secularization of the metaphysical will cause nothing but harm, since it will make church to lose sight of its primary goal and get involved with stupidities. It does not matter in which font or in which tablet you will read the Mysteries of the Church or cryptic advice like “love your enemy”, if you are not ready to really listen. As if there were not any elderly people at the time of the first Christians…

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