- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 15, 2006

I certainly don’t intend any offense or sacrilege, but today’s excellent article by Washington Times religion reporter Julia Duin about how the Episcopal Church USA’s convention is being tracked intensely by bloggers of just about every stripe is certainly interesting on more than one level.

For those following that denomination’s struggles, it shows another side that folks may not know about. For those interested in technology, it highlights another application of technology to contemporary needs. Back in 2000, I wrote about the novelty of it all in a “Houses of Worship” column for The Wall Street Journal. Since then, of course, PowerPoint presentations have sprouted in churches like so many spring flowers, and religious Web sites are just about everywhere, it seems, including one that promises “Christianity Without the Religion”.

Now, however, as can be seen with the Episcopalians, it’s moving beyond Web sites and into the fray. Bloggers may well be influencing that church’s meetings in Columbus, Ohio, in the way that some claim Southern Baptist bloggers influenced that denomination’s presidential election this week in Greensboro, NC.

Whatever you may think about the “separation” of church and state, the separation between churches and cyberspace is over.

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