Today’s Future Now – Virtual Reality Church & Catholic Gaming | The Daily Show

It’s no secret
that church attendance among young people
has been dropping. Church is becoming less popular than a Michael Jackson
impersonator -at a children’s birthday party.
-(gasping, laughter) And for a lot
of the same reasons. But some churches, some churches
are trying to fix that. And they’re turning
to technology to bring those millennials back. For more on this advancement,
we turn to Ronny Chieng in his segment
Today’s Future Now. -♪ ♪
-(cheering and applause) Thanks, Trevor. As a kid,
I loved going to church. The stories had magic. They gave you snacks and wine. You didn’t even need a fake I.D. And they taught me
how to judge others with a smug sense
of superiority, a skill I still use today. Thank you, Jesus. And now there’s a church
in San Francisco that’ll let me do all of that
from the comfort of my own home. Welcome
to Virtual Reality Church. REPORTER:
DJ Soto’s divine calling is to bring Christianity
to virtual reality. So, we have worship music. I deliver a sermon.
There’s a prayer team. DJ Soto even officiated
the first baptism in virtual reality. I say it’s probably what
your church is like, just in VR. Okay, that is the most unholy thing
I’ve ever seen. God created man
in his own image, not in the image
of a purple dildo, okay? And, also, does
a virtual baptism even count? Just seems a little risky, okay? “Virtual” means “not real.” I don’t want to get to heaven
and God says, “Uh, hey, your-your name
isn’t on the list.” And I’ll be like, “Oh,
no, no, no, no. No, it’s okay. I got virtually baptized.”
And God’s like, “Oh, great. Then I’m
literally sending you to hell.” Although I would hope that
what you do in the virtual world doesn’t count, because
that would mean, in Mario, I’ve committed turtle genocide
repeatedly, okay? But I will say Pastor Morpheus
is onto something, because VR church
could be the key to finding salvation
from boredom. I mean, if a sermon’s
going on too long, I’ll just throw the headset
on to my cat. And the pastor will be like,
“Wow, “Ronny enjoyed the sermon
so much, he spent the whole time
licking his butthole.” Now, at least VR Churchers
require some effort. Okay? On the other hand,
the Church of England is letting Alexa do
all the work for you. The Church of England
launched a new project aimed at teaching faith
through tech. Users can now ask Alexa
to recite daily prayers or say grace. ♪ ♪ Alexa, ask the Church of England
to say grace. ALEXA: Bless, O Lord,
this food to our use and us in your service. How lazy is this? (laughter) You’re outsourcing prayers
to Alexa. Like, how does that work? Uh, hey, Alexa,
my granny is sick, so, uh, please pray for her. And also,
I’m out of toilet paper. Uh, do the toilet paper first.
It’s an emergency. (laughter) This could also backfire,
because Alexa knows everything about you,
which could get awkward. You’ll be at a family dinner,
like, “Hey, Alexa, say grace.” And Alexa’s like, “Okay. “Bless the Lord,
bless this food, and please help Ronny
with his pornography addiction.” Wait, wait. Shut up, Alexa! And where’s my toilet paper? Anyway, what might be surprising
is that the newest Jesus tech seems to be coming
from the oldest church. NEWSMAN: The Vatican
is getting into video gaming. A Catholic evangelical group came up with this
smartphone game, similar to Pokémon GO, except you chase
Catholic saints and other biblical figures,
even Jesus. The game is called
Follow JC Go. The Church sees it as a way
to reach younger Catholics. Okay. I know
what you’re thinking. Okay? Catholic Church,
kids, video games– here comes the pedophilia joke– and you are absolutely correct. -(laughter)
-I don’t think an institution known for priests
luring children should be putting out a game
to lure more children, okay? I mean, where do you even catch
the final Pokémon Jesus? Father Gary T.’s
Tickle… Tickle Room? Okay, okay, okay, okay,
Ronny, Ronny, Ronny, look, I think it’s easy for you
to criticize what the church is doing,
but what do you think that they should do
to attract a younger crowd? Easy. Trevor, they
don’t need to update the tech. They need to update the Bible. -Make if fit the times.
-Actually, you know what, I’ve heard a lot of people
say that– it makes sense. Like, you want them
to get rid of all the judgment -and the violence.
-No, no, Trevor. I didn’t say make it for cucks. I said make it for the times. So instead of a whip,
give Jesus a gun, a slick suit,
and let him shoot the bad guys. Also, we need more dogs, okay?
Everybody likes dogs. Ronny, that
doesn’t sound like Jesus. That sounds like John Wick. Oh. Yeah, it kind of does. And blessed be his name. Ronny Chieng, everybody.

100 thoughts on “Today’s Future Now – Virtual Reality Church & Catholic Gaming | The Daily Show”

  1. I see the church is trying to upgrade to VR and not realizing guys will never put down their joy stick for this crap.

  2. Research actually shows millennials are very spiritual and the real reason theyโ€™re leaving church is not due to lack of faith in the Divine, but due to church traditions and culture.

  3. Look man the only thing gonna bring back millennials to church is the truth. You want to make some public power moves as a religion? Keep it ancient, you remember when preachers were getting killed for just going on a corner and telling everybody whats up, having really cool stories and illuminations to literally show you on the street? Yeah imagine that again but better, no one wants to put in that work dude, people want money in this society. They took manuscripts and bibles and turned them into Artificially intelligent databases, I mean grow up…..did we as human kind think we were gonna praise god the same exact way throughout all of our development of our brains? Maybe for the people who want to just live simple lives, that's pretty easy. For the hyperactive people and people who wish to show they love god at every turn it can come off a little crazy, but you see those are the people who are closest to him, and I know a lot of war has gone down because of that very fact. The Catholic Church is growing up, as we all should do and not heckle anyone when it comes to religion or God. Good clip.

  4. Future archaeologists will dig up an "idol" of the most popular church. They will examine it, clean it, refurbish it as best as they can and it will start talking, "Cannot find, 'Holy Shit! Shut up, Alexa' please reactivate your Wi-Fi."

  5. It's intended to create an online community for those who, for whatever reason, wouldn't want or can't physically visit a church. If one can have their groceries delivered to their home why not join a virtual church considering the evolution of society

  6. WAIT … Alexa prays? ๐Ÿคฃ That's fu๐Ÿคฌkin awesome! (Please don't click on my face. I'm a germaphobe.)

  7. I actually still go to church and am a part of a decently sized young adult group in said church. But I go to a Unitarian Universalist church where you can believe anything on a wide spectrum of beliefs. Like, I'm an atheist, but many people are also theists within this church. It's super liberal and does a lot of leftist social justice work. These are the reasons why I believe young people are drawn to it. It's a religion a lot of people flee too after finding that they don't believe everything that they were told they had to in whatever more orthodox religion they came from. I did that myself. I think a lot of millennials are seeking out irl communities nowadays, and a lot really enjoy spiritual communities. I just don't think that people necessarily know much about spiritual communities outside of the ones they were raised in. What people need is an easy way to be presented with options outside of word of mouth. No idea what that solution is, but I think if people knew it was something worth exploring rather than just running away from, more people would be able to find a community that works for them.

  8. Religion uses tech to gain support, after spending thousands of years detesting any progress with technology

  9. The church needs to raise the dead literally, the Old Testament prophets did it Jesus did it the apostles did it.

  10. This reminds me that Keanu also played Constantine. That church thing isn't far off. I guess God has a plan for all of us … or maybe he's just a kid with an ant farm.

  11. What in the Bible needs to be updated? At least name five areas which should include the book chapter and verses.

  12. Shut up Alexa and get me my toilet paper ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  13. I stopped attending church at 18 after graduating Sunday school (did it for mom), because of all the politics. Sunday mass itself is like a virtual world where ppl get to pretend to be Little Napoleons judging everybody's lives.

  14. i am not here to convince but to love and i can try to stop need be or simply close my eyes and mind my business but you keep looking for proof- im not GOD and if you folk
    dont believe
    in GOD thats
    your problem not
    mine it bothers my heart
    like seeing a dog keep darting in and out the street- but you never get to him in time
    most times anyway.
    JESUS im sorry I LOVE GOD but i can feel his heart and understanding too and how many times must he remake this thing?
    enough he is done believe or be left behind simple as that no awards kiddo

  15. I'm not religious but my aunt is. The virtual reality church is truly a wonderful thing for her since she is home bound after an accident.

  16. I think the real reason people don't go to church as much is because of all the crap they pulled. I'm not a mom, but if my church beat my kid to death because they thought there was a demon in them, raped them, and sent them to be converted from gay to straight by- what do you know, more beatings and cult-like brainwashing… The only real reason people went when there wasn't a lot of tech is that, again, you get beaten if you don't go!

  17. Waiting to see the Muslim version of this … Alexa can now fast on your behalf.

    Please forgive me for all the Islamophobic, hate-mongering comments that are going to spawn in response to this.

  18. Changing the bible is literally the worst argument I've heard of from people who don't believe.

    The reason it's a bad argument. Is because it only makes sense to people who already agree with you. It is only singingto the Choir.

  19. I think there is a reason why Jesus was baptized in real water. Because that is how baptism should be, a choice that you have to do something for real. Actual immersion baptism for me.

  20. I think church was popular in the past due to a lack of easy information. People were told 'This is true' and then spent their whole life seeing nothing that challenged it.
    These days though most people have wikipedia access on their phones, can pull up videos that discuss any argument you might have on any topic (And why your side is stupid) and can find out that your 'sex is evil!' priest was recently charged with public sex with a tranny hooker.
    Its just harder to stay intentionally ignorant these days. Some people can still pull it off, but it takes real effort.

  21. What the fuck is that fucking fuck talking about . I take a shit on him his mama and all the other fucking fuck cunt ass bitch like him

  22. If those bitchass fuck trisexual donโ€™t like America they can go back to the shit hole country they came from and fuck their mama . ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ

  23. Here is an idea. Instead of outlandishly stupid stunts, that only makes you look desperate to be hip with the new generation, hint millenials can smell desperation a mile away.

    Just follow the core tenants of the faith. "Help your neighbour" – i.e. do not be a selfish sociopath, like say the government helping milenials out of their debt without being called socialists. "Judge not less you want you to be judged" – do not be an asshole, like feeling morally superior and demeaning kids for having sex outside of marriage, while you have been divorced multiple times. Maybe than you will get some young people on board.

  24. So the negative comments on here are from people who believe but choose to not accept GOD.
    Not everyday just yet to become self educated of the LORD, this is no place for debate ugh.

  25. I once passed a church that had POKESTOP SUNDAY MORNINGS on its little church marquee sign. It was a weird day.

  26. "That doesn't sound like Jesus that sounds like John Wick"…"Oh. It kinda does. And Blessed be his name." I literally fell out of my chair laughing omg.

  27. Soo…did the Trevor Noah show just low key say John Wick should be Jesus? Or did they say Jesus should be John Wick?

  28. In 1960s church introduced music and look at what happened to youngsters, they totally lost the spirituality n got carried out of the church and got indulged in filthy lyrics and acts n Out of religion.

    Introduce anything against the scripts and Gods warning… Look at the alarming growth of lg community.

    Go back to your religious teachings/scripts. Nothing else can save you.

  29. Meanwhile in church during the app presentation
    Priest: let's reach out millennials through VR.
    People: O praise God, hallelujah…

  30. The fundamentalist religious will have virtual churches, the fundamentalist atheists like Trevor Noah here will have 58 virtual bars to represent each gender they proclaim at the time :p. I'm glad i am Catholic and once again we must be ready to pick up the pieces of this western society that now lacks any common sense once it collapses

  31. I am Catholic-christian and after everything I discovered…peadophilia, lies, specially stealing money from people just to enrich themselves. I went to other churches like jehovas and mormons, they are two pig faces people. After all that… thanks. I will follow God by praying and reading the Bible at home but not going to churches anymore.๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

  32. If the priests or pastors are holy and empowered with holy spirit, attempts of humans, attracting kids and youngsters with all this tech is not at all required. Churches are not city malls to attract people. Not the efforts of man let the will of GOD be done. God doesn't need updation he is well advanced than humans. We humans need to learn some basic intutions.

  33. It's funny because there is actually a small group that "worships" Keanu Reeves and follow his example and "teachings", so the John Wick joke at the end is actually on point!

  34. The Holy Spirit is the solution. The Holy Spirit give us boldness, comfort us, show us our future, guide us and help us in everything. Through the Holy Spirit of God young people have access to the gift of the Spirit.

  35. This skit is super offencive two people of religion but nobody cares because we only care about offending people if they're gay or black

  36. Follow JC Go… to the priest's diddle room or his van ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–• stupid priests your ganes are shit ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ–•

  37. Trevor said that doesnโ€™t sound like Jesus that sounds like John Wick and Iโ€™m thinking โ€œWait whatโ€™s the difference?โ€

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