Bishops protecting the Almighty from spam, abuse, and computer viruses

The Church of England has launched ‘a dedicated prayer website from the Church of England. You can post your own prayers during Lent which runs between March 8th and April 23rd this year and these will be prayed for by various Christian communities throughout the country’:

According to their guidelines:

‘Prayers should be original material and must not be unlawful, defamatory, blasphemous, harassing, abusive, fraudulent, obscene, contain viruses, or be otherwise objectionable as reasonably determined by the organisers.’

How exactly does one make a ‘fraudulent’ prayer? What is the penalty for ‘prayer plagiarism’? What if you hold ‘abusive’ views about female equality, homosexuality, or other faiths? And are viruses now so advanced that even God is vulnerable?

Users are encouraged to check out the associated ‘Facebook page where we would love to have your comments and any answers to prayer.’

I don’t really know what to make of this… I guess it is a good means of popularising a festival and creating a sense of group solidarity which is almost nonexistent in contemporary society. I shall watch the developments with interest…


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Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

One response to “Bishops protecting the Almighty from spam, abuse, and computer viruses”

  1. Gemma says :

    Fraudulent as in an attempt to get God on side with a fraudulent scheme perhaps?

    I would imagine that in such a public forum, ‘abusive’ opinions regarding sexuality and religious exclusivity would be shied away from. Whether they would be in an individual community is a different matter…

    I would like to know whether the organisers are happy praying for those who have not requested it – e.g. if I were to ask them to pray “for my friend Jonathan”?

    You would be surprised by how many people actually want someone to pray for them; to take an interest in their life and what is going on and that is really heartening. Almost like modernity’s response to anomie, I suppose.

    Not sure how much group solidarity would be fostered if it is just CoE communities though, as surely there is some sort of solidarity in shared theology already? I suppose that if it brings in ‘outsiders’ then that offers a bit of an amelioration for society’s individualistic character.

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