Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Want to be ordained a minister? There's an app for that!



The app, called Ordain Thyself, doesn’t confer any legitimate religious credentials to its users (except possibly in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), but for 99 cents, it does allow iPhone owners to see what they would look like wearing the religious garb of different clerics, and read a brief and humorous overview of various world religions.

One reviewer noted: "Sharing your ordination on facebook makes for some interesting discussions. I also really being able to switch religions after taking a picture."

In addition to FSM, the app explores various other pop-culture faiths, such as the Klingon religion from "Star Trek" and the “Dudeist” faith inspired by the film "The Big Lebowski." 

After downloading the app, I was happy to see that they included a Mormon Bishop. However, its facts about Mormonism were wrong and were clearly designed to make the church sound silly. According to the App: "[Joseph Smith] was able to translate the [golden plates] because of a magic hat." The truth is the hat wasn't magical. It was simply used to shade the light from Joseph's eyes so he could see glowing words appear on his magic rock, which he also used in his treasure hunting business.

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