This Pastor Is Putting His Faith in a Virtual Reality Church

THE FIRST TIME D. J. Soto strapped on an Oculus Rift, he felt like the ancient prophets must have felt—arriving in the promised land.

It was a summer Friday in 2016, and the virtual world he was visiting, AltSpaceVR, was just a year old. Billing itself as a free social network in virtual reality, AltSpaceVR allows its users to toggle between 2-D and 3-D, using a virtual-reality headset or a computer monitor to explore the space. When Soto entered, he found a virtual world that was practically empty: just a few avatars attending quiz shows or cheesy comedy performances. Still, the young preacher was electrified.

In the months since he’d quit his job as a pastor at a branch of his local megachurch, Soto had been looking for a way to create a radically inclusive church.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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