Friday, May 20, 2005
This is a 'Pray station' from 2018 designed by Douglas Maitland. According to the BBC website, 'It offers "Fast Faith" in the shape of a booth, where an e-priest plays the part of a conscience and downloads forgiveness or absolution.'
[To find the Pray Station image, click through to the 8th picture]
It reminds me of the 'Electric monk' that Douglas Adams thought of in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
How much of our attempts to make Christianity 'culturally-relevant' looks like this. Can we make religion more desirable in a consumer age? If we have things to offer, why not make them quick and accessible?
I'm all for making faith, and forgiveness accessible. And there's something of the elecric monk in being ordained. But won't 'fast-faith' lead to 'spiritual obesity'? More than a whiff of cheap grace here, I fear. And in our attempts to make Christianity relevant ...?