Beware the “erotic dimension”! Jesuits urged to take God’s word to ‘Second Life’, snip:
Catholic missionaries have always trekked to remote parts of the world to spread the word of God. Now they are being encouraged to go into the virtual realm of Second Life to save virtual souls.
In an article in Rome-based Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, academic Antonio Spadaro urged fellow Catholics not to be scared of entering the virtual world, which may be fertile ground for new converts wishing to better themselves.
“It’s not possible to close our eyes to this phenomenon or rush to judge it,” Spadaro said. “Instead it needs to be understood…the best way to understand it is to enter it.”
According to its Web site, Second Life–a 3D simulation game where players can create virtual versions of themselves and interact with others–has a population of more than 8 million residents and millions of dollars change hands there every month.