The man in this video says "The Internet is My Religion" and I'm inclined to agree.

It is not often that we hear stories like this. When I was growing up in the church it would have been called a testimony - a statement of faith. The testimony was meant to be a description of that shining moment on the proverbial "road to Damascus" when we encounter God in a personal way.

There are not many applications for the description of such an encounter outside of the church or organized religion. As a result, having stepped away from the church that part of my life had begun to experience atrophy.

If ever my heart has been softened by moving testimony since that time, it has been now. This man has seen so much, been through so much, suffered so much. Having been there, he has emerged on the other side with this statement of seemingly preposterous proportions. But I would encourage the religious among us to not judge the apparent blasphemy of his statements too quickly. It would be all too easy to abandon any wisdom to be found in it as a knee jerk reaction to it's surface absurdity. But pay attention to the finer points.

"I believe in people," he says "I have faith in God, and the Internet is my religion."

New technology has played many roles in my life and in my formative years I grew up with the Internet as it did. I watched it go through the awkward pre-teen years as it was obsessed with sex (when it seemed it was full of nothing but porn) and stayed with it through the "cool kids playground" years where it seemed it was good for nothing more than exclusionary cliques (early Twitter, for example.)

Now, it seems, the internet has grown up and finally people are starting to really see the potential this massive movement that began with written language and evolved into the printing press can have on the way we do everything - even the way we worship.

How can the Internet be a religion? What function does a religion serve? It brings people together under a common cause and helps them provide for each other in ways that are programmatic and ritualized. Honestly, I can't think of a better description of the internet (when at it's best) than that.

I believe in people. I have faith in God. The internet is my Religion too.


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    I have never seen God's physical hand come to earth and build a good thing. I have seen many people operating with common intent in an effort to build something good.

    It is not a reduction of spirituality or denial of faith to comment that the physical hand of God has not appeared - it is an affirmation that in spite of incredible difficulty and adversity faith *does* exist and propels people forward each day *without* physical manifestation.

    Once, a philosopher (perhaps Eliade) commented that true atheism does not exist. The argument went something along the lines that a birthday demonstrates that some sort of faith or belief in an intangible difference in reality negates the argument of the complete lack of belief an a spiritual world. I tend to agree with this, not through logic, but because I see my own faith come to bear in the manifestation of love through my relationships with my family, friends, and world.

    In Mark (look at me quoting scripture), Jesus stated that to enter the kingdom of Heaven, one must approach with the eyes of the child. I interpret this existentially and spiritually. From my child-like mind, I interpret things as wondrous and beautiful, forgiving and accepting. This becomes existential because my interpretation of it as such *makes* the world what it is.

    Thank you, Mr. Gilliam, for your exposition. Thank you, Doug, for sharing this with us.

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    People working for the betterment of humanity is the future if we are to survive.

    Doug, you and I have had countless conversations about the existence of God, and I remember that your position always seemed to be the concept of, "How does one define God. I would suggest that it is impossible."

    This guy uses nebulous, undefined words like 'God' and 'spirituality'.
    While I don't disagree with the sentiment behind what he is saying, I do think that by using those words and redefining them in that way it cheapens his position.

    Basically, why call 'humans helping humans' and the emotions that come from the interconnectedness of us all, 'God' or 'spiritual'. In the end all he's doing is putting a religious term on something that isn't religious, It's humanist. It's social. It's the free-exchange of ideas. It's our best shot at becoming a global population; not divided by our diversity but strengthened by it.

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