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Russian church leader warns that reliance on technology could bring about the Antichrist

By midian182 · 16 replies
Jan 9, 2019
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  1. Speaking to the state-run Russia-1 TV network, Patriarch Kirill warned the “worldwide web of gadgets” represented "an opportunity to gain global control over mankind."

    "The Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the worldwide web, controlling all of humankind," he said, via the BBC.

    The Moscow Times reports that Patriarch Kirill does not entirely oppose technology but says that the collection of user data such as “location, interests and fears” will make it possible for humans to be controlled by external forces.

    “Control from a single point is a harbinger of the coming of the Antichrist,” he added.

    It’s noted that Patriarch Kirill has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government has long been clamping down on internet freedoms and users’ privacy, and it may be developing its own independent internet, so the rhetoric might be the church’s way of supporting these policies.

    Technology addiction has long been an issue, and 2018 saw many companies, particularly Facebook, lambasted for the way they gather, use, and sell user data, but it seems unlikely that this will lead to the rise of an Antichrist (Zuckerberg?) who controls humanity and ushers in an apocalypse.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    Big deal, Kremlin is full of those already! You put a cross on Putin, it will send his head spinging, spitting green mucus at you.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
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  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,956   +3,995

    See, I've been telling you all along Jeff Bezos is the anti-Christ....But would you listen.......noooo, you still think it's Mark Zuckerberg.

    Hm, come to think of it, it might be

    Still though, my vote goes for Elon Musk.

    Maybe they're the unholy trinity, the father, the son, and the flamethrower salesman...boring his way to hell, even as we speak.
    toooooot, mbrowne5061 and noel24 like this.
  4. JB3543

    JB3543 TS Member Posts: 28   +33

    Tech writers: No, we don't want to hear about every insignificant thing that bugs you. Stick with what matters.
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  5. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 493   +161

    He wants to lay off that communion wine somewhat. ;)
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  6. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    1st picture to the right: Is the man cleaning his nose on that shower cap? Respect!
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    That is a seriously cool Halloween costume.
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  8. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 731   +559

    I will just share that I heard the possibility of "AI" being responsible. Although it may be far-fetched, and AI doesn't really exist, I wouldn't doubt it from all of these people buying these "smart" (stupid) microphones to spy in their homes.
  9. Old Cuss

    Old Cuss TS Rookie

    Yeah! God forbid (pun intended) that anyone or anything other than religious leaders would gain control over mankind.
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  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    Nothing new about those claims ..... we got a guy at the cafe that claims every blood moon is the "end of the world", then afterwards he swears they made a simple miscalculation ...... one thing is for sure; he's no mathematical wizard!
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  11. funglebuddy

    funglebuddy TS Enthusiast Posts: 76   +19

    Technology is a Sin!!!!! now let me check my Twitter page.
  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,563   +550

    Reminds me of the late 90s...

    Beware of men in funny hats.
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  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,956   +3,995

    Anthropologists and sociologists have recorded the fact that in primitive cultures, the man with the most elaborate headgear is the person in charge.. The witchdoctor or shaman comes in a close second.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
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  14. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 160   +49

    That's what happens when you allow biggots to run your life. Better deal with your orthodox pedophiles than spew nonsense that's not even worth laughing off. Oh Kiril, Kyril whatever your nickname, and how about these photoshoped watches (from earlier years) which cost as much as average Russian earns in 10 years?

    Religion. Worst f invention of mankind of all time.
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  15. well, whatever you are doing surely hasn't made you a kinder, gentler person...…...
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  16. Charles Olson

    Charles Olson TS Booster Posts: 52   +15

    Too late trump is already here and ruining the USA what is the count like 74 EPA regulation undone so far some allowing dumping toxic waste into the rivers and lakes ! All so his rich friends who owns these companies can make a few dollars more . What a future we all have to look forward to and our kids will have to deal with ! Thanks trump
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  17. Charles Olson

    Charles Olson TS Booster Posts: 52   +15

    Sorry I guess it's at least 78 or more ! https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html
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