28 October 2009

"Jesus vs. germs"

Marginal Revolution | Tyler Cowen | Markets in everything, Jesus vs. germs edition
A company called Purity Communion Solutions was founded in 2007 to market "germ-free products that take the worry out of contracting germs while receiving communion, and ultimately increasing communion participation and church attendance." Purity Communion Solutions already has 375,000 client churches, church supply houses and the like, and its Web site features all sorts of information about the H1N1 virus, as well as products that aim to keep you in church, and keep you healthy. They include an automated host dispenser in gold, silver, or white, as well as wafers infused with wine: "Improved taste and texture" and "eliminates germs, spills & waste."
[Blink. Blink. Aghast silence.]

I'm all for prudent disease prevention, but this rather undermines the community of a congregation, no? "Automated host dispenser?" Really?

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