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Page 1, 21st September 1984 — Micro-chip comes to aid of ecumenism

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Micro-chip comes to aid of ecumenism

HIGH-TECH is now to be harnessed in the search for an Christi unity. Typical

language used in ecumenical discussion has been brought under the scrutiny of a computer in a project by students and staff at the Chaplaincy Centre of Lancaster University. They have devised a programme for the BBC microcomputer called "Bad Ecumenical Language", whichis intended to increase awareness of the pitfalls of using amiguous language in an ecumenical dialogue.

Fr Philip Richter, the

Chaplain at Lancaster, said that were there we a number of and remarks rks which different things to

could mean diff

members of different denominations, and the use of the programme is designed to highlight these.


The programme works in the a e in which form of game the "player" takes the part of ao member of one denomination to whom the computer puts a series of questions. It then provides a "score" dependent upon the player's agreement or disagreement with the statements.

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