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Virtual Church 02 – Virtual Reality

Partake Virtual Church 02 – Virtual Reality

G’day and welcome to Partake Ministries. We continue our investigation into Virtual Church, and this week, briefly introduce Virtual Reality.

1. Virtual Reality

Since the advent of the Internet in 1957 and the subsequent arrival of the home Personal Computer and the World Wide Web (WWW), people have been using these tools for a myriad of reasons including research, education and communication.

With this increase of communication, it was not long until Internet communities were formed. These communities could be broken down into three kinds: subjective (people gathering with similar interests); objective (a gathering of people affected by similar interests); and defining authority (people gathering whose identity was formed by allegiance to a common authority). However, some critics dismiss the concept due to it being by definition, word-based and full of self-interest. Others argue that they can become closed and subjective. However, that is true of any kind of community – virtual or not. Juxtaposed to these concepts is the knowledge that technology is advancing with greater methods of interaction becoming available and global barriers collapsing which make communication and understanding between global citizens possible.

With these virtual communities came the world of ‘Virtual Reality’, to coexist with physical reality (all the properties of fundamental physics).

Virtual Reality, according to The New Penguin English Dictionary is “a computer-simulated environment with which a person can interact almost as if it were part of the real world. This Internet, or Virtual Reality, is a model of social interaction, whereby time, space and body are transcended in which to form relationships. However, these relationships are not limited to the virtual world, but have some links to the world offline, in so far as they cannot be precisely divorced from each other due to the import of offline interest to a Virtual Reality. In doing this, people of similar interests, or enquiring after spiritual matters, are able to bring offline interests to the world of Virtual Reality. It is here that a virtual church can thrive, educate, inform and satisfy.

As the Church continues through the twenty-first century, and as technology marches inexorably onwards, a new kind of church has been birthed. This is a church that does not meet in a specific locale, but gathers in Virtual Reality. So – in our next study, we shall explore if God can interact with humans in a Virtual Reality Environment.

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Virtual Church 01 – Introduction

Partake Virtual Church 01 – Introduction

G’day and welcome to Partake Ministries. In this series, we will be investigating an exciting new kind of church. As the Church enters the twenty-first century, and as technology marches inexorably onwards, a new kind of church has been birthed. This is a church that does not meet in a specific locale, but gathers in what is called “Virtual Reality”.

Questions we will ask in this series are:

  • What is Virtual Reality?
  • Can God really interact within a Virtual Reality Environment?
  • What is a Virtual Church?
  • How does a Virtual Church function?
  • What are the liabilities and virtues of a Virtual Church?
  • Is this type of church part of the historical church?
  • How can this technology be used so that Christians can be discipled in the twenty-first century and beyond?

Virtual Church is only just beginning in real terms and within the 2000 years of Church History. As technologies evolve and their use becomes ever increasingly widespread, the Church of Jesus Christ needs to adapt consistently, in order that it remains ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic’ body, constantly engaging in fellowship, worship, mission and bible teaching. By enabling those who are unable to get to traditional forms of church, whether for physical, psychological or geographical reasons, the Church needs to be open to all. Enabling isolated churches, isolated Christian communities and isolated individuals to meet in a Virtual Church, will lead to Jesus Christ who is the head of the church, being glorified. The Virtual Church will not supplant traditional local churches, but will rather harmonize with it. However, if a person can get to a traditional local church, then they probably should attend that church and be involved there as well as a Virtual Church. The Virtual Church is one part of the “one, holy catholic and apostolic church”. An exciting future lies ahead for the Universal Church, to which we continue to cry together “Come Lord Jesus Come”.

In the next of this series, we will look at a brief introduction to Virtual Reality. Thank you.

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