This collection of web sites tends to allow for a little breath of distance (and a touch of humor) within our basic respect for ourselves and our religions, histories, cultures, philosophies, spiritualities, literatures, and sciences. The basic idea may appeal most to post-babyboomers, who may intuitively grasp its earnest/ironic tone in the spirit in which the virtual church is meant. No offense to anyone's religious beliefs or to any belief-system, whether organized or chaotic, churchly or corporate, in sickness or in health, is intended. Kings had a court jester for a reason. All our cultures could use new forms of that. Oh, and I am only the Puppet-CEO, not the High Priestess.
The ambivalent feelings that we have toward corporations captures the best and the worst of some of our feelings and beliefs about God and the gods, about churches, and about power structures in general. The language of consumer capitalism even reflects a new incarnation of the marketplace greek spoken in the gospels. We (royalty, tapeworms... and churches, corporations, and deities) see that the kingship metaphor doesn't really work anymore. Since many of us have never visited a farm, the otherwise wonderful - and biblical - metaphor of the "hen protecting its chicks" needs a little updating.
Benevolent Deities are the only ones we should want to welcome, and their incorporation is apt. Even those who think themselves monotheists have had not only to confront the status of a devil figure and attendant demons, but also to confront the word "Elohim" (which is the plural form of god) in Genesis, and to create ages of arguments and doctrines to explain who God could have been talking to when he said, "Let us create man in our image."
I adopted the ring from the Virtual Church of the Blind Chihuahua and ran with the idea of the Virtual Church. This incarnation is called Virtual Church of Benevolent Deities, Inc. It was not a hostile takeover (you can click on the VCBC home site above), but there is different webmaster for the ring (me: VirusHead, the Puppet-CEO) and thus a new name and the birth of a new virtual church. Thank you to some of you who stayed through the transition!