The virtual church that redefines religion for the internet age: as a preacher DOOPS a pink-haired anime girl in VR while Tigger and a talking banana look
- DJ Soto runs the VR church, a religious service that consists entirely of virtual reality
- The pastor streams sermons every Sunday in different virtual environments
- He also led several baptisms with virtual reality in the past year
- In the latter example, Soto baptized YouTuber Drumsy in a virtual bathhouse
In a corner of the internet dominated by cooperatives and open world exploration, a predecessor with a talent for virtual reality has laid the foundation for the unlikely intersection of religion and gaming.
D.J. Soto rode the first one virtual reality church, where gamers from all walks of life are invited to learn more about God, faith, and science & # 39 ;.
It exists entirely in the virtual realm and offers hourly streams every Sunday for an online congregation consisting of equal parts robots and human avatars.
And it has even become a place for those who want to be cleansed of their sins.
A bizarre video shared this week by YouTuber Syrmor shows what it's like to be baptized in VR, complete with an audience of cartoon characters and an anime girl & immersed in divine love. & # 39;
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Pastor D.J. Soto has run what would be the first virtual reality church, where gamers from all walks of life are invited to learn more about God, faith and science & # 39;
Soto, a dedicated minister, has been conducting VR baptisms for about a year, he tells Syrmor and VRChat reporter, Drumsy.
The conversation takes place in the clouds, and the virtual sun can be seen in the distance behind an idyllic, pink leaves tree.
Apart from its whimsical setting and its audience, however, baptism itself is just as serious and thoughtful as any other.
& # 39; It really is a spiritual moment & # 39 ;, Soto tells Drumsy, the pink-haired character who receives the cleansing, while the group shifts to an indoor virtual bathhouse.
& # 39; I think some people might consider it a religious ritual, and that's good too, but this is something that has a spiritual meaning. & # 39;
Although a typical baptism can be a practical experience, in this case the person is responsible for lowering his own body into the virtual water while Soto gives instructions from loved ones. They stay under water for a full minute.
& # 39; If you go under water, it symbolizes that you are watering spiritual cells in divine love and new life, and forgiveness and release of the old, & # 39; Soto says during the virtual ceremony.
However, it is not all that serious; there is an undeniable foolishness that is unique to the VR experience associated with this type of baptism.
A few moments after everything happens, for example, the bath disappears without warning, sucked in by another character who emerged as Spongebob.
The versatility of characters and settings is something that Soto fully utilizes during the weekly sermons mixer, so that participants can stand on top of trees or futuristic buildings while listening to him.
Thanks to virtual reality, people from all over the world can participate in what Soto a & # 39; new church expression & # 39; has named
VR Church exists entirely in the virtual realm and offers hourly streams every Sunday for an online congregation consisting of equal parts robots and human avatars. And it has even become a place for those who want to be cleansed of their sins
Each meeting includes about 30 minutes of worship for breaking off announcements and an opportunity for attendees to mingle.
Soto also streams hours of gameplay several days a week between weekly services.
Thanks to virtual reality, people from all over the world can participate in what Soto a & # 39; new church expression & # 39; has named.
Or, as his website says: & # 39; We create worlds to experience God and the Bible like never before. & # 39;
WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?
Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of an environment or situation.
- It immerses the user by making them feel in simulated reality through images and sound
- For example, in VR you might have the feeling that you are climbing a mountain while sitting at home
Virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional computer-generated environment that can be explored and used by a person.
That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed in this environment and is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.
How is virtual reality achieved?
Virtual reality is usually implemented using computer technology. There are various systems used for this purpose, such as headsets, omnidirectional treadmills and special gloves.
These are used to stimulate our senses together to create the illusion of reality.
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