The pearly gates of cyberspace

Escaping from the body

Science writer Margaret Wertheim suggests in The Pearly Gates of CyberSpace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet that cyberspace has become for some a technological substitute for the heaven of Christian aspiration. “The Heavenly City of the New Jerusalem was the great promise of early Christianity,” she writes. “In the last centuries of the Roman era, as the empire disintegrated, such a vision offered special appeal. No matter the chaos and decay on earth, no matter that disharmony, injustice and squalor reigned here, after death those who followed Jesus could look forward to an eternal haven of radiance and light.” And she draws the parallel.


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