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This week in fundamentalist hubris

Worried about what will happen to your unsaved friends and loved ones after you are taken up in the Rapture? Now there's a new web service called You've Been Left Behind that can help:

We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.

We give you 150mb of encrypted storage that can be sent to 12 possible email addresses, in Box #1. You up load any documents and choose which documents go to who. You can edit these documents at any time and change the addresses they will be sent to as needed. Box #1 is for your personal private letters to your closest lost friends and relatives...

Now, if you happen to believe in the Rapture (the Missouri-Synod Lutherans from whom I am descended do not), the general concept here isn't any stranger than more secular forms of postlife correspondence. Where it starts to get a little ballsy, at least from my outsider's perspective, is with the idea that you can predict with reasonable certainty just who will be raptured. I'd love to know what the vetting process for the five team members is. (Via Andrew Sullivan.)

Update: Bruce Schneier offers his thoughts on potential security issues with the You've Been Left Behind site.


Jun. 6th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
That's so scary. I don't think there are any people in my country that believe in the rapture - doesn't seem a very Christian concept to me.

But then we Germans would probably miss salvation anyway by being to busy to argue whether it is done correctly and has it been statistically proven to be salubrious.

So a little after-rapture itnernet platform - probably run by Microsoft...
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
It sounds pretty chintzy to me. Why only 12 people? Why only 150 megs? Why store the encryption key on the server with the data?

Seems like they may know their version of theology but not so much about technology.

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