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.