I’m not particularly involved in those online “create your own world” multiplayer games, but recently I ran across some interesting conversation among players of an online simulation game called “NationStates.” Players create their own nations, and interact in a variety of ways.
It’s not surprising that one arena of interaction is interreligious, which gave rise to a proposal from “The Realm of God” for an “Aurentine Multifaith Association,” which would be “dedicated to defending the freedom of religious expression in the Aurentine Commonwealth. Membership is open to people of all philosophical and religious expressions.”
The Aurentine Multifaith Association would:
- Protect and maintain ancient sites that are considered important or sacred to a particular philosophical or religious groups.
- Lobby for the right to publicly practice their religion and oppose a state atheist interpretation of the Secular State Act, though support for secularism is given.
- Maintain a charity that provides for monks and nuns of the Aurentine Catholic, Orthodox and Buddhist religions and organises free monastic retreats and workshops.
- Lend money to groups who wish to construct their own place of worship.
- Look into the possibility of providing a high quality, accredited education that follows the National Curriculum at the expense of the Association for those who wish to receive it in the context of their own faith tradition.
- Look towards establishing friendly discussion between the religious and philosophical groups of nation and wish to provide a humane, ethical and charitable response to Aurentine issues.
How do those suggestions look to you for creating harmonious relationships among religious communities? What would you add? What would you change?
You can follow the conversation at NationStates.