‘Godspots’ Cometh, But Can Free Wi-Fi Save Christianity in Germany?


Französischer Dom. Bild: wikimedia.org/CC BY-SA 3.0/BertholdWerner
Former East Germany is the most godless place on the planet.

By Eliot Stein | MOTHERBOARD

The region is home to the highest percentage of atheists in the world. Just eight percent of its population claim to believe in God. Its churches are being sold off at a blistering pace, and so many of its devotees are dying off each year that Christianity is expected to become a minority religion in Germany in the next 20 years.

So, in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation next year, local Protestant churches have developed a plan to lure people back to their pews and help them reconnect: They’re going to offer free public Wi-Fi in and around all the churches in former East Germany.

They’re calling these Wi-Fi hotspots, „Godspots.”

The project is currently being rolled out in 220 churches in and around Berlin with plans to connect a total of 3,000 churches, community centers, and religious institutions by next May.

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