Justin Taylor|8:04 pm CT

Bad Arguments for a Bad Idea

Count me in with Jared Wilson as being quite unimpressed with this argument for virtual church.

Here’s a sampling of the level of argument for why criticism of “online church” should be dismissed:

But here’s the most cool thing: I know someone who comes to my church every Sunday and is not physically present; I can’t touch him, can’t hold him, can’t hug him, can’t greet him with a holy kiss, but thank goodness, He’s there and in community with us. We mustn’t judge the realness of a church’s community with God (or people) based solely on select physical criteria.


Virtual churches are not fake churches; they are real churches that use synthetic space as a meeting place (or a synthetic medium as a means of building community).

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