Prayer 2.0

Why is it called Prayer 2.0?

Prayer 2.0 is an experimental reflection on internet communications. It provides a framework for the tangible elements of what a Prayer is to exist through a website, outside of any specific spiritual or religious context.

Wikipedia's Prayer page starts with this (as of 5th November 2007):

Prayer is the act of attempting to communicate, commonly with a sequence of words, with a deity or spirit for the purpose of worshiping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins, or to express one's thoughts and emotions.

With the exception of communicating with a deity or spirit this statement also defines Prayer 2.0.

The 2.0 part of the name is a reference to to concept of Web 2.0. says;
Web 2.0 is a perceived or proposed second generation of the web. This is were the web has evolved and improved over time and now offers better and more up to date services like blogs, wiki's, social networking sites etc

Good Spam

Despite this similarity, and the massive weight of history that is included in the name "Prayer"; the primary aim of the website is to provide intrigue and to offer some form of entertainment rather than spiritual enlightenment.

One way of looking at Prayer 2.0 is like spam - unwanted email, not the pork product. Unlike spam however the messages aren't designed to persuade you to purchase black market drugs or to wire money to Nigeria. The messages are what you make them. Entirely unpredictable and hopefully interesting.


A common critism of the act of prayer by atheists is that it offers false hope. This short phrase goes some way to summing it up;

Don't think, do.

Although I (the creator of Prayer 2.0) am an atheist and do to a certain extent agree with this argument, I'm also interested in the extra element that Prayer 2.0 adds to it. If you replace the spiritual being with actual, real people, does the argument that praying offers false hope collapse?


If you have an opinion then why not write it down, and send it as a Prayer 2.0? Feedback into the system. That, I think, is the point :o)