Yesterday morning on Twitter, I ran into a statement by my buddy, Jesse Oguns, in which he asserted that religion and spirituality are heading for extinction. Hear him:
The number of people going completely secular increases with the acceptance of technology and science.
When robots take over, if they do, I suspect religion and spirituality will give way totally. My prediction.
You can see that this is not strictly about mobile technology, but then it is a matter of interest, as it explores how technology may be changing our lifestyles. I believe that technology for its own sake is a stupid idea anyway. That’s not how things work. But back to the topic: how is technology affecting us with regards religion and spirituality?
As a Christian, I am aware that church services have changed. There was a time when unbroken attention was the norm during church services. Now, we find people tweeting and responding to messages in church. While that is far from making religion extinct, it is a huge change in lifestyle and attitudes.
Jesse did claim that the number of people abandoning religion is increasing as the acceptance of technology is spreading. I am not sure how firm that claim is. I think that people just adjust their view and position of religion without dumping it outright. The new spirituality is just different from the old. I believe that man is religious by nature, while accepting that exceptions exist.
I haven’t lived with robots, and so cannot say yet how their presence will affect me. But I am thinking that having a robot around should give me more liberty to practice my religion and be as spiritual as I desire to be. But then, I have to wait till I own my first robot to be able to tell for sure. By the way, for Christians who know their bible in and out, remember that the False Prophet is stated as going to set up an image (idol) of the Anti-Christ and cause it to be worshipped? Yes? Remember also that it is written that he will cause that idol to come alive? What are the chances that we are looking at a robot here? Huh? What if technology and religion are not as far apart as many suppose?
Anyway, over to you guys: true or false that tech will kill religion and spirituality? Why do you hold to whatever position that you do? Will technology kill religion?