The use of gaming mechanics to influence Christian behavior has both good and bad sides. Here's our writings on them both.

Using Game Theory to Pray Better

The secret’s out in my local congregation: I’m a nerd. So much so that now my own church members (some of whom are unaware of this blog) are sending me geeky theological stuff. Excellent! A church member sent me a link to Althan – Prayer Timings and Tracking, which is an app for our Muslim friendsRead More


What Board Game Theory Can Teach the Church

Board Games are on the rise in recent years with the advent of European games that are intricate and involve different levels of skill than Monopoly, Guess Who, and other staples of American game cabinets. Also, Gamification (game theory applied to other areas of society) has become more of a thing in recent years dueRead More

The Methodist Prisoner’s Dilemma, Part 1

Image via Wikipedia The Prisoner’s Dilemma (also called Game Theory) is a sociological experiment and a police tactic that contrasts acting in one’s self-interest or acting in a group’s interest.  From Wikipedia, here’s the classic version of it: Two suspects are arrested by the police. The police have insufficient evidence for a conviction, and, havingRead More