Connecting the ‘Minecraft’ video game to religion

US- For those who are lovers of religion and video games, a connection exists. It is increasingly observed that too many Christians gamers, the borderline between recreational video games and formal religion has not only blurred but dissolved entirely, to be more specific.

Jeremy Smith, has intermeshed with both these worlds, using one world to serve the order. The senior for ChurchMag, an online ministry website, has vloged himself explaining on Christian theology while playing Minecraft.

Rachel Wagners, a professor of Ithaca College, describes the phenomena as ‘gamification’ of religion- and by extension- the word. She also pointed out video games and religion have many factors in common. Both of them lean towards structures and order and both come with a variety of rituals and rules.

Even though the game has been made to accommodate participation from every religion, Christians outnumber all of them. About two-third of the religion flavoured video games are Christian. At Planet Minecraft. The site where users could share creations, there are about 1,000 Catholic priests and 716 Jesuses. In contrast, only 58 Jewish Rabbis are present in this virtual world. Atheism is also represented with a Richard Dawkins presence inside the Minecraft.

Video games and religion are now so enmeshed that a scholars’ group has been created by American Academy of Religion to study the phenomena in 2014.

Photo Credit- World Religious News

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