Go Forth and Catch 'Em All -- Sightings (Kristel Clayville/Emmanuelle Burton)
While I'm not a Pokemon Go player, I'm intrigued by some of what I've read about the idea of augmented reality (as opposed to virtual reality) present in this phone-based game. What intrigues me is the idea of enchantment or re-enchantment present. Richard Beck, a psychology prof at Abilene Christian University has written about the theological implications of the game, noting that this augmented reality allows us to envision and enchanted universe. In this Sightings piece Kristel Clayville and Emmanuelle Burton of the University of Chicago Divinity School speak as well of re-enchantment -- how the game overlays an augmented reality on top of nature. What implications might this have for the way we see the world and God's presence in that world?