Second Life Gospel
The potential for evangelism and church planting
The concept of a parallel universe – Second Life – within the already virtual world of the Web is quite fascinating. If you have already played ‘SIM’ games where you build an imaginary world (eg. Theme Park, Sim City), or multi-user games where you take on an assumed persona and interact with other players, then you have a sense of what Second Life (SL) is. Except there is no game, in fact no particular plan at all. It is literally another world to live in – an ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ virtual reality experience, a ‘Truman Show’ construct of lush colors. And one which is being taken seriously by the secular world: countries are opening embassies within SL, universities and companies are establishing a presence too. It is rather like a second-time reprise of the situation c. 1995, when organizations were beginning to realize that the Web was more than just a network of computer hobbyists, and they’d better start building websites. (And yes, you actually buy land in Second Life, and build unique architectural designs!) It is rapidly beginning to reflect the realities of real life. How long before it starts having, oh everything: crime, law enforcement, politics and war?