Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Will You Go Digital with Your Bible?
This photo is really great for a number of reasons. First off, I am a big fan of the late Charlton Heston. It was only yesterday when I was watching Soylent Green on TCM and viewed the immortal line: "Soylent Green is people!" It's such a '70's film, but still highly enjoyable. The Omega Man is also a solid sci-fi film from that era, which, in my opinion, is still considerably better than the recently released I am Legend. It is amazing when you look at the various roles Heston had, from the classics like Moses and Judah Ben-Hur to Andrew Jackson, Michelangelo, and, of course, Colonel Taylor in Planet of the Apes. And that is just to name a few!
However, the second, and probably most important, reason for posting this picture is to discuss the role of digital media in the world of Catholic Bibles. I have to be honest up front, while I do own an I-Phone which contains an edition of the NRSV on it, I rarely use it. Perhaps the only time I do is when I need to find a passage quickly, without the help of a concordance. Yet, I do recognize that products like the IPad and Kindle are becoming more and more popular these days. They also provide the ability to have access to a whole host of study aids right at your finger tips, both downloaded and online, which is not possible with a regular old book.
Still, I prefer to read from a book. Even now, if I need to read a longer article or report that can only be found online, I tend to print it out instead of reading it off the screen. But hey, that's just me.
So I ask, has anyone made the switch to digital readers for the daily Bible reading and study?