Thursday, March 4, 2010

Holy Holograms!

At the blog, Out of Ur, there appeared a post about the next wave of technology to sweep into churches: holograms. The immediate application would be for multi-site churches who could 'beam' a 3d version of their pastor to all their worship locations.

The article isn't so much an apologetic for this technology as it is a forum for discussion.

Read the comments. The first comment has direct bearing on the 2nd commandment. The other comments address what is lost when one doesn't have a flesh and blood pastor. What do you think?

Holy Holograms!


Kaitiaki said...

I would agree with you that the 2nd commandment would forbid the use implied by the first comment. I would tend to agree with those who say preaching has an interactive component between the audience and the preacher. For that reason it would be very hard to imagine a situation where the technology would actually be useful ... but ...

Could it actually be beneficial where the pastor has responsibility of two congregations separated by a distance which, while not detracting from his daily interaction with the members, is a little too far to preach in both congregations twice on Sunday? Possibly where a city Church pastor has responsibility for a rural congregation as well - or two rural congregations share a pastor.

That's assuming, of course that two services each Sunday is normal for the congregations.

Dave Sarafolean said...

Since I posted my link I've seen several other folks pick it up too. One of the more interesting takes was Scott Clark at the Heidelblog who called it Gnosticism. I hadn't thought about it that way.