Sim-Church

Matthew Paul Turner at Jesus Needs New PR found this new Facebook game, “Holy Town.” Apparently it’s a Christian game in the style of Farmville, where you build a church, preach sermons and try to save souls.

I rolled my eyes at first, but then I thought, “why not?” We have sim games where you play a god and sim games where you get to run the afterlife, why not a sim game where you get to be a preacher?

I suspect that I’d want a more nuts-n-bolts approach than Holy Town is going to provide. I’d like to see a game where you really micromanage a church, handling the finances and personnel while trying to customize your message to fit the demographic of you neighborhood. Place appropriate buzzwords in the sermons and leaflets to draw in the right crowd and watch the money pour in.

(I just know that someone out there with actual experience in church administration just read that last line and is laughing bitterly. It’s a video game, whattaya want? Starting a civilization probably isn’t as easy as Sid Meier made it out to be either.)

Pull in donations, and reinvest them in the church. Expand, explore and exploit the religious sensibilities of your community. I can’t figure out how to work in the last X of the “4X game” genre: exterminate. Maybe if you’re pentecostal you could exterminate demons or something. Anyway, the hardest challenge would be passing on your new megachurch to a chosen successor without seeing the whole thing collapse.

I suppose there could be a “good” version that keeps a score based on dedicated attendance, and a “televangelist” version where you score “hypocrisy points.” Extra points for spending the church donations on a new yacht on which to entertain Hollywood stars and starlets the very same week you preached a sermon against greed and lust.

Come on, you could be the next (virtual) Rick Warren. What would you like to see in a sim-church game?

  • http://contrararian.tumblr.com contrararian

    How about where you have to move your pastor to another parish quietly before the press gets a hold of him fiddling with:

    (a) the collection tray
    (b) a congregant’s wife
    (c) a dead girl or a live boy

  • Iason Ouabache

    The really creepy part is that they have your friends separate into “Holy Friends” and “Heathens” and it appear that it can actually read their profile and see what is listed under “Religious Views”.

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    Bah! Contrarion already said my joke!

  • UrsaMinor

    As long as they don’t try to turn this thing into a LARP…

    Oh, wait.

  • Thee Desecrator

    If you want micromanagement you could try Pedopriest (not joking, it’s a real game and it’s free). You go around intimidating witnesses to fatherly love (haha) and stall cops from busting your priests.

  • drax

    The 4th X could be eXcommunicate the heathens. and as contrarian said, bugger the choir boys, pilfer the plate, knock up the nuns.

    • Len

      The 4th X could be eXcommunicate

      Or maybe: sex.

  • Noelle

    Ugh, Sim games. Could Godzilla stop by every once in a while to knock over the building and eat parishioners?

    • trj

      No, that’s not until the last part of the game.

      • Noelle

        Could he smite heathens who deny his existence?

  • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

    This seems to be dripping with bitterness and cynicism. I’m still involved in our church administration despite my waning faith and have taken a bit of offense to the way you’ve described it.

    The church my husband pastor’s tops out at 40 unmotivated individuals that say they want to do things but aren’t willing to put in the time or effort to actually do them. He “micromanages” not because he would like to control anyone, but because he has no other options. Believe me, if someone qualified both in education and work ethic came along I’d give up doing the accounting in a heartbeat.

    While I struggle to agree with mostly anything my husband preaches, I know that he truly believes that this is truth and I have to respect his stance and his dedication. He is sincere and wants to help people find God. There is no fault in that any more than atheists wanting to show people their truth.

    I just wish people could believe what they’re going to believe without backbiting comments about groups that oppose their perspective. Just because someone doesn’t see it “your” way doesn’t make them less of a person. Real people exist, not just 2-dimensional characters that fit nicely into a stereotype.

    And yes, corruption exists as well. But feeding into the idea that all churches are corrupt is really damaging to the possibility coexisting peacefully.

    I know this is meant in fun and I’m being a bit of a “party pooper” on that end. But what is the end game? Is it to destroy Christianity? Really? I think we’ve become a reflection of the hypocrites being chastised.

    • http://contrararian.tumblr.com contrararian

      “While I struggle to agree with mostly anything my husband preaches, I know that he truly believes that this is truth and I have to respect his stance and his dedication.”

      Even if he preaches hatred and intolerance?

      “here is no fault in that any more than atheists wanting to show people their truth.”

      Bullcrap.

      “Just because someone doesn’t see it “your” way doesn’t make them less of a person. Real people exist, not just 2-dimensional characters that fit nicely into a stereotype.”

      Gee, tell that to your husband who apparently thinks that people who haven’t “found christ” are 2 dimensional characters who fit nicely into a stereotype.

      “But what is the end game? Is it to destroy Christianity? Really? I think we’ve become a reflection of the hypocrites being chastised.”

      It’s. A. Game. Chill.

      • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

        [Even if he preaches hatred and intolerance?]

        He doesn’t preach hatred and intolerance. Thanks though.

        [Bullcrap.]

        You seem to be proving my point.

        [Gee, tell that to your husband who apparently thinks that people who haven’t “found christ” are 2 dimensional characters who fit nicely into a stereotype.]

        I do.

        [It’s. A. Game. Chill]

        I wasn’t referring to the sim game. I was referring the tone with which some atheists chastise Christians. The same exact tone that Christians take to chastise atheists, homosexuals, and others that they THINK are doing something bad on purpose. Your perspective is only your perspective. You’ve forgotten that there is an entire world of perspectives out there, each equally invalid.

        If you want to speak pragmatically, then that is much different. Emotions really have no place in something like this. It only makes things worse.

        • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

          “You’ve forgotten that there is an entire world of perspectives out there, each equally invalid.”

          I know a dude who thinks that black people are an inferior sub-species to white people. I know he’s wrong. Are our perspectives “equally invalid”?

          I can prove Darwinian evolution to you. Lots of IDiots claim the Earth is six thousand years old. Are our perspectives “equally invalid”?

          No, is the answer to both questions. I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. Ironic, really – here’s a case of your perspective being invalid and mine being valid…

        • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

          I was referring the tone with which some atheists chastise Christians.

          Ahh, tone trolling. From someone who turned a lighthearted post about a really stupid Facebook game in to this:

          I know this is meant in fun and I’m being a bit of a “party pooper” on that end. But what is the end game? Is it to destroy Christianity? Really? I think we’ve become a reflection of the hypocrites being chastised.

          Because I’m sure that, even if that were possible, vorjack would totally be able to do it on this blog in a single post about Christified Farmville…

          If you want to speak pragmatically, then that is much different. Emotions really have no place in something like this. It only makes things worse.

          You injected emotions in to the original post that don’t seem to be there. It looked like a silly bit of trifle about a poorly thought-out game. But you decided that the emotional tone was full of anger and hatred. That has no place and only makes things worse.

          • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

            Well. I just wanted you to consider how this comes across. If you don’t care that’s fine. You don’t have to care. Being a caring person is not a requirement to being human. It is always your choice.

            But I’d like to point out, this was posted on facebook, and I clicked on the link. If you didn’t want “outsiders” or “trolls” coming into the conversation, it shouldn’t have been posted on facebook.

            Honestly, you are reflecting the polar opposite of Christian fundamentalists. Some of you are Atheist fundamentalists. If people don’t see it your way, you call them idiots and “preach hate”. There is no difference in the results. You create a mockery of something and then group together to create a cyber-bully force to be reckoned with.

            Sure, the game is a game. The post was silly. I said so in my first post. But if the post was just silly and the words weren’t meant whole-heartedly, no offense would have been taken when I posted my post. You would have said, “well, it’s all in jest so just relax” and gotten on with life. But instead someone wanted to put me in my place, feeling as though I had infringed upon your sacred meeting place…

            I had no intention of being inflammatory. Just wanted to bring in a different perspective for you to understand because some of the words in the post were inflammatory and most of the comments show how it can feed the anger and hatred that you think you’re fighting against. (and while we’re on perspectives, by definition a perspective is flawed no matter if it holds truths or not. everyone is entitled to their perspective and yours just might turn out to be as stupid as theirs in another thousand years)

            But, whether you are a Christian or an Atheist, destructive behavior is STILL destructive behavior. You are free to think I’m a complete idiot… I don’t actually care what you think of me. OR you can consider what I’ve said and how it MIGHT affect the world. It’s likely, however, that you may be just like the mindless Christians that simply believe because they were told to and reject any level of criticism. Because that isn’t exclusive to Christianity, contrary to popular atheistic belief… it is human nature, at the basic animalistic level. Only you can decide whether or not to rise above it.

            Oh, and if you are going blast me for being self-righteous… or anything at all, that’s just fine. I’ve been called much worse and have grown accustomed to being rejected by people that want to embrace their ignorance. So, get in line.

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              Your concern troll act? Starting to get boring.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              But I’d like to point out, this was posted on facebook, and I clicked on the link. If you didn’t want “outsiders” or “trolls” coming into the conversation, it shouldn’t have been posted on facebook.

              Huh. So are we Facebook friends? Because if we aren’t, that meant someone other than me posted it on Facebook. Actually, I know someone other than me posted it on Facebook, since I did not post this to Facebook. So blaming me for the actions of a completely different human being (with whom, I should note, you are apparently friends) really won’t get you anywhere.

              And, of course, my complaint wasn’t that this is public. It’s a friggin’ public blog, after all. My complaint is that you showed up here and attempted to accuse other people of behaving in bad faith while you, yourself, were doing exactly that. I believe that Jesus said something about removing the mote from your own eye before attacking another for the beam in his. So you might want to go find a mirror and some eye drops…

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              Links to all UF posts are automatically posted to FaceCrack as they are published here, but you’d have to “Like” our group in order for them to appear on your news-feed.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              Thanks, Custador. I didn’t know that, as I just have UF on a blogroll and FB is never my primary source of anything useful. That just makes it funnier.

            • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

              You further prove my point. Thank you.

              I’ve met a lot of people that like to be mean. Christians, Atheists, Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans. They all have sects that love to get snarky with the other side and banter with their cronies or preach to their little choir and laugh in their isolation.

              I also know a lot of upright folks that fall into the same demographics (imagine that) that don’t hide behind their cause as an excuse for destructive behavior, but instead respect differences, tolerate belief systems, and work their butts off to make the world a better place.

              Nobody can tell anyone which group any of us belong in, and they don’t have to. Your actions speak louder than anybody’s opinion ever will.

              I’m not saying people can’t be silly or have fun. I was actually just saying that THAT particular portion about the micro-managing and buying a yacht blah blah blah, is extremely rare. Not that any of you would even care to know how church accounting ACTUALLY works, but I’d be happy to explain it. It is much more complex than “$$ comes in, preacher spends it.”

              But you are more than welcome to go along in ignorance, arrogantly believing the lies that you were told and reject any amount of direction toward actual truth. Just recognize that that course of action makes you no different than the “other side”.

              Oh, and there seems to be some confusion. I’m not a Christian. My husband is.

            • http://contrararian.tumblr.com contrararian

              “Being a caring person is not a requirement to being human. It is always your choice.”

              My goodness you are pompous. Of course I care for other people. What makes you think I don’t? Because I am an atheist? /facepalm.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              I think she was directing that at me, specifically. As in, she was saying that I’m a terrible, uncaring person (with which my dog would disagree. But, then, you know who else liked dogs. Just to get the Godwinning out of the way there) simply for telling her that she’s a disagreeable tone troll. Or something.

            • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

              I didn’t call anyone uncaring. I said that you don’t have to care. It’s not a requirement.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              Aaand, concern troll is still concerned. Film at 11.

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              Indeed. Sarah’s ability to get all pissy over absolutely nothing is, I suspect, related to the fact that her husband is a pastor. That or she’s lying for Jesus.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              I’m getting the all too obvious impression that I’m not welcome here. Interesting tactic.

              Okay, then…on the chance that you are making a good-faith attempt here…

              You popped in and immediately said, “I don’t like this because it’s mean.” This is called “tone trolling.” You followed that up with a whole lot of stuff about how the OP and the people who were responding to you were being bad, terrible, mean people and you thought it was making everyone look bad. That’s called “concern trolling.” Both of those actions are done to derail conversations, rather than attempt clarity and understanding. This is why they’re generally used by, y’know, trolls. Trolls are never welcome, except as a temporary distraction if there isn’t a worthwhile conversation going otherwise.

              As a new atheist, I’m pretty disappointed.

              Try not being indistinguishable from a troll?

              Oh, there I go again, getting all concerned.

              Eh, that’s more of a straight guilt trip. Concern and tone trolling are supposed to create guilt trips, but they’re secondary outcomes.

              Shame on me for disrupting your little pow wow.

              This is the internet. If you want to play it helps to have a thick skin. And there is no atheist tribe that’s just waiting to be all warm and accepting. Either you add something to the conversation or you’re more than welcome to leave. It might suck, but, well, that’s the internet for you. If you don’t like something you don’t have to read it and you certainly don’t have to reply. If you do want to reply and you get shot down, the lesson is, “Come up with better reasons or arguments next time around.”

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              “This is the internet. If you want to play it helps to have a thick skin.”

              Sorry Geds, but the last two concern-troll post were such bullshit that the server monkeys went on a rampage and threw their type-writers out of the window. I had to delete the comments in order to restore order.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              I was wondering about that. I figured I’d pop away for a while to see if it was a glitch. Feel free to erase my comment if you want.

            • UrsaMinor

              Meh, we’ve seen lots of bullshit before, and we’re not delicate flowers. I expected more small-time snitty stuff. Surely this one wasn’t playing in the big leagues?

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              Well, no. But if I’m going to put energy into an argument I want a worthy opponent, dammit! Sarah’s just a knob who’s determined to take offence over absolutely nothing, and I can’t be arsed to expend energy on that type of crap tonight. Trolling I can deal with, and good-old religious zeal is always good for a laugh, but this insipid nonsense? It’s meaningless. It doesn’t contribute to anything or advance any debate, it’s just… whine.

            • Hamish Milne

              @Sarah Elle

              Seems like you’ve dug yourself a little hole here. No probs, it’s happened to us all. People on the internet generally aren’t very forgiving about statements like the ones you made in your OP. You just need some experience with the community and what they find acceptable.

              Best tactic is to be very nice to everyone. Of course, stick to your guns, try not to unilaterally redact statements, defend your argument, but be as reasonable, kind and gentle as can be, and it becomes very difficult for people to find fault with you as a person.

              All the best

              @Everyone else

              Right, c’mon everyone, this has gone far enough. No need for massive abuse here.

              Sarah’s just a knob who’s determined to take offence over absolutely nothing

              Now that’s a bit excessive, don’t you think?

              My goodness you are pompous. Of course I care for other people. What makes you think I don’t? Because I am an atheist? /facepalm.

              I can barely count the logical fallacies in this statement

              Seriously people, be a bit more relaxed. Chill.

  • UrsaMinor

    Trying reading through the forums. Conversations there are all over the board, but yes, there are intelligent ones.

    Certain individual posters can be snarky. No doubt about it.

    Before you judge whether the snark is warranted, put yourself in the shoes of people who have suffered at the hands of organized religion. We’re sitting here being occasionally snarky to blow off steam. We’re not out throwing huge sums of money at politicians to pass laws to disenfranchise other people like some churches I could name.

    • UrsaMinor

      I hope I didn’t just divide by zero because I commented on a post that had been removed. :)

      • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

        As far as I’m aware the universe didn’t end :-p

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      I don’t even think Vorjack’s original post was snarky, to be honest. I think it made some digs at religion based on very real, very unpleasant concerns about religion. That’s not snark, that’s pointing out flaws.

      • UrsaMinor

        I’d have to agree, the OP wasn’t snarky.

  • UrsaMinor

    In case the original disappears before I finish typing:

    I didn’t accuse anyone of being snarky. I’m a little frustrated that I’m being censored though.

    I also don’t quite understand the deletions. Custador, it’s all very well if you find the lady boring, but others besides you have been engaging her in conversation.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      At this point, I’m more concerned that having been banned for trolling (which, to be fair, is something that not even I do very often any more), Sarah has decided to get on a mission to bypass the spam filter.

      • UrsaMinor

        Ah. I was beginning to wonder if your blood sugar was getting low or something.

        • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

          No, I’m just really, really stubborn on points of principle! I’m aware that it’s probably a massive character flaw :-p

          • UrsaMinor

            I’m still a little confused. So, Sarah has been banned outright? Because I saw at least two comments appear that you later deleted, which (I think) means that she hadn’t actually been banned at that point.

            I’m stubborn on points of principle too, but I like to err on the side of free speech. Yes, yes, I’m very American on that point. I even think that Fred Phelps and his clan have the right to protest at funerals. It’s unspeakably vile and indecent of them, but it is their right.

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              She was banned but kept cycling her IP address to bypass the filter which would otherwise have caught her posts (actually, it did catch some particularly obnoxious ones before she realised she’d been banned). I tend to agree that free speech is a good thing, but I felt that she was trolling and decided to act on it. Like I said, it doesn’t happen often these days, but in this case I felt like it merited a ban. *shrugs* I can take criticism of my decisions, and I respect that you disagree.

            • Hamish Milne

              Hmm. She didn’t seem that bad to me. A little confused and stubborn, perhaps but nothing worse than the usual. She wasn’t swearing or personally attacking people.

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              I dunno, I think all that passive-aggressive bollocks is more offensive than a bucketful of Bible-thumping insults.

            • UrsaMinor

              Your call. You’re the moderator. It may become a moot point if she is sophisticated enough to cycle her IP address. With a name change and a more engaging rhetorical approach, she might get past you again.

              Based on what I’ve seen, I’m not hopeful for the more engaging rhetorical approach.

            • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com Geds

              Custador: She was banned but kept cycling her IP address to bypass the filter which would otherwise have caught her posts (actually, it did catch some particularly obnoxious ones before she realised she’d been banned).

              Really, now? Cycling IP addresses to avoid the ban hammer is totally the mark of an honestly confuzzled non-troll, right?

              Hamish: She wasn’t swearing or personally attacking people.

              Why is swearing the mark of a troll, exactly? I mean, I get personal attacks, but I swear all the time. Most people I know swear all the time. It’s not a mark of anything other than, y’know, language choice.

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              Well, indeed, but community feedback is important; I shall be less likely to do the same to the Sarahs of the future if other people think I’ve been too sensitive to a concern troll. This isn’t North Korea. It’s more like Finland. Or Holland, maybe.

            • Hamish Milne

              Most people I know swear all the time. It’s not a mark of anything other than, y’know, language choice.

              Yea, I meant the kind of venomous, repeated swearing, you know, like:

              You’re all a bunch of fucking shit wankers!

              kind of thing. Swearing is perfectly fine when used sparingly and at appropriate moments :)

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              I much prefer the more inventive curse myself. You know, like “You dog-raping son of an arse-eating rectal prolapse”. Cursing that sounds like you put some effort into it.

            • UrsaMinor

              You will have to teach me some (in)decent Welsh curses, Custy. My textbook is not very instructive.

  • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

    I’m not sophisticated. I’m just changing my email address for crying out loud. And I’m not trolling. And I’m not passive-aggressive. I’m pragmatic. I wasn’t even told I was being banned, so how could I possibly respect that? If you would let me have a simple conversation, then maybe you’d see that I’m that rare occurrence of someone that just says what they mean and means what they say. No passive aggressive sarcasm at all, except for the one *eyeroll* indicator of such. Oh, hey. I have an idea. Click on my id and read my blog. You’ll see just how pathetic I truly am in real life. Oh wait, you’re too busy deleting this.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      “I’m not passive-aggressive”

      Okay….

      “Oh wait, you’re too busy deleting this.”

      *head asplodes*

  • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

    particularly obnoxious ones? I posted exactly the same words with a new email address that were being filtered. Nothing that got filtered didn’t get posted.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      And deleted. For being obnoxious. You’re quite childish, aren’t you? I mean, you know that I banned you, yet you’ve been lurking and trying to bypass the filter for over an hour. Don’t you think that desperate need to have your words read is a bit pathetic?

  • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

    And, no. I’m not actually planning on kissing up to anyone in order to get “in the gang” as I’ve already said. I’m sorry that my pragmatic way of engaging has come across as offensive. Everyone seems a little wound up to me.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      “I’m sorry that my pragmatic way of engaging has come across as offensive.”

      There’s that passive-aggression again.

      • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

        No. actually. it’s not. That is REALLY how I talk.

        • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

          Point spectacularly missed.

          • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

            it wasn’t passive aggression. it was honesty. you don’t seem to believe that someone could actually say something like that and mean it. why not?

  • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

    pathetic? yes. lurking for over an hour? no. I just checked my email a few minutes ago and found a nice long list of replies. you are a little bit arrogant from where I stand. but I’m sure I look the same from where you stand.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      It’s only arrogance when you’re not as awesome as you think. In my case it’s self awareness ;-)

      • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

        Heh… you caught me off guard with the wink.

        • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

          Okay. Fine. I really can’t be arsed to get all dramatic, and I’m not so arrogant that I won’t take criticism (that’s how I know it’s self awareness of my awesomeness) – It seems that some UFers want to debate with you. Please, proceed.

          • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

            pretty sure they’ve all gone home.

            • UrsaMinor

              Some of us are still here, but thinking about getting dinner.

            • http://according2sarah.blogspot.com Sarah Elle

              Well, the drama appears to have died down, and I am moving in two days and need to keep packing. So thanks for the excitement. Perhaps I’ll offend someone else soon and we can do this all again. :oP (<–sarcasm indicator) :o) (<–no hurt feelings indicator)

            • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

              Haha, fair enough.

  • Sunny Day

    “I can’t figure out how to work in the last X of the “4X game” genre: exterminate.”

    It’s still eXterminate. Once you’ve reached a certain level of dominance in the game you then eXterminate other beliefs, and those that you hate.

    • Sunny Day

      Problem with the exterminate part of the game, it’s never ending. Just when you think you’ve run out of enemies, you find more in your own ranks and go after them.

  • jeff

    ISIAIh 41 BRING forth your IDOLS did they PREACH to you see they can’t speak they can’t DO ANYTHING all they do is cause confusion. spalms 115 and spalms 135 thier IDOLS are FALSE cant speak can’t hear cant smell and those that make them shall become like them. Jeremiah 10 they nail their IDOL down like a scarecrow it can’t move can’…t speak can’t move must be carried these are nothing but the WORK of CON men.john 10 jesus christ sais his sheep hear his voice and another voice thy will not follow and if another person tries to preach to them they WILL FLEE from him. jeremiah 5 the priests bear rule on their own authority what will you do when your judged my word is not inside them. Now here is the kicker john 5 son of man voice goes back in time mathew 16 jesus christ claims to be the son of man.‎1 cor2 mind of CHRIST preached internally and john 16 sais the spirit of truth comes in the future. Ezekiel 13 lying prophets of ISRAEL my word is not inside them saying god sais god sais god sais wrote hoping mankind would CONFIRM their WORDS. all of this is EASILY verifiable.

    • UrsaMinor

      all of this is EASILY verifiable as bullshit.

      There. Fixed that for you.

      And the formatting, dude! Whoa! Is it, like, illegal to use punctuation, capitalization, paragraph breaks and a spell checker in your particular church? Or is full literacy merely discouraged?

      • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

        “Spalms”?!

        • UrsaMinor

          It’s a perfectly good portmanteau word after the style of Lewis Carroll. You know, like “mimsey” and “slithy”? (See “Jabberwocky”). “Spalm” is clearly composed of the elements “spam” and “psalm”.

          Perhaps we should give jeff more credit for self-awareness than the average godbot.

    • trj

      Congratulations on breaking the Rambling Theist hi-score.

  • http://thriftstorereligion.wordpress.com _Liz

    I’ve been trying to code a sim-religion/mega church type game. I’m an ex-christian, but I grew up in the church, so I know the religion and I know the “business”. Mostly I haven’t been able to find a game like this, so I figured why not try creating my own.
    As an atheist/agnostic, I think I have the advantage of being able to create a fun game of competing religions without feeling like it needs to be preachy.
    Mormons = +2 Missionary -5 Diversity

  • MugaSofer

    Perhaps you exterminate competing churches by criticizing them and attracting their churchgoers?


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