Saving souls in the virtual world? Jesuits say why not
ROME–Souls in the Second Life virtual Internet world may need saving too, an influential Jesuit magazine says.
An article set to appear in Civilta Cattolica’s August 4-18 edition talks of the popular virtual reality site as a potential place to provide spiritual needs.
“Essentially, the digital world can also be considered a ‘mission world’,” the magazine said.
“If there are people who express themselves through Second Life metaphors, and some of them also express needs of a spiritual order, then maybe we should not ignore the possibility of responding to that demand.”
Second Life allows players to create animated proxies — called avatars — that live in a 3-D virtual world.
The article asked whether “it is possible that the avatars also live with a form of collective prayer?”
“Naturally yes, and that is happening already,” it says.