Churches: Programming the Flock

Infallible in its memory, incredibly-swift in its mathematical skills, the electronic computer is one of the marvels of modern science. Utterly impartial in the exercise of its talents, it is also becoming a valuable servant of contemporary religion. All the computer does, of course, is correlate facts and attitudes that have been gathered by questionnaire. But clergymen are be coming convinced that, properly programmed, the transistorized prophet can help the church adapt to modern spiritual needs.

This past winter, at their monastery near St. Louis, the Roman Catholic Redemptorist Fathers put into...

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