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Francis | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jul 16 2013 8:48 AM

Actually, the title is more meant to catch attention than a real suggestion but it conveys a point. I am wondering if Logos Bible Software is a Christian company or is it a religious publication company in a broader sense, distributing religious materials in the broader "Christendom" catch-all sense? I am not trying to open up a debate, I am just asking a question of clarification.

The question stems from seeing the ever greater diversification of resources which are being offered. It is not just that different viewpoints are represented (e.g., Arminian vs Calvinist). Catholic, Orthodox, Seven Day Adventists. Hence the embedded question in my title: is it fair game to expect at some point a JW or Mormon quarter as well? Does Logos Bible Software has or care to have a Statement of Faith or does it not perceive itself as a ministry?

I believe the question is valid for customers who like me do not feel like we are only buying products but also supporting a business provided that it is beneficial to the Kingdom of God. I know that the readership of these forums is already diversified enough that I will possibly get strong reactions, but I do not consider that producing and distributing materials to feed and propagate "faiths" that have departed from the Way is what I want to do nor should any disciple of Jesus (as defined in the NT) want to. The Bible does say that anyone who welcomes those who propagate teachings that have departed participate in an evil deed (rather than make a beautiful contribution to respectful and enriching dialogue as many advocate) (2 John 10-11). I am a customer who does not want to help finance the production of false teaching materials.

So, I am asking if Logos could clarify its policy and approach here please.

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 8:58 AM

Peace to you, Francis!               *smile*                                      ....    AND!  ...                 Always Joy in the Lord!

              Here is Logos Mission Statement from their website:    Also: 

Also, Francis, I personally appreciate that every printed Bible Study Magazine has a Mission Statement that "spells out"!!!     The Apostles' Creed!

That pleases me "no end," eh???

About

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our goal is to be the worldwide leader in electronic tools and resources for multilingual Bible study.

Our mission is to serve the church.

We believe that Bible study should be at the heart of the Christian life. It's our privilege to equip pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible. It's our responsibility to ensure that the investment in technology we can afford to make, because we serve the western church, pays dividends for the whole world.

Our hope is that as you learn more about Logos Bible Software you'll see it not only as the best Bible study tool anywhere, but also as a way to make Bible study resources more accessible to the church in developing countries.

 

First-Class Service

All of us here at Logos want to provide you with first-class products and service. If we fail to exceed your expectations, please contact me so we can make it right.

Bob Pritchett President/CEO

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 9:04 AM

Francis:

Actually, the title is more meant to catch attention than a real suggestion but it conveys a point. I am wondering if Logos Bible Software is a Christian company or is it a religious publication company in a broader sense, distributing religious materials in the broader "Christendom" catch-all sense? I am not trying to open up a debate, I am just asking a question of clarification.

The question stems from seeing the ever greater diversification of resources which are being offered. It is not just that different viewpoints are represented (e.g., Arminian vs Calvinist). Catholic, Orthodox, Seven Day Adventists. Hence the embedded question in my title: is it fair game to expect at some point a JW or Mormon quarter as well? Does Logos Bible Software has or care to have a Statement of Faith or does it not perceive itself as a ministry?

I believe the question is valid for customers who like me do not feel like we are only buying products but also supporting a business provided that it is beneficial to the Kingdom of God. I know that the readership of these forums is already diversified enough that I will possibly get strong reactions, but I do not consider that producing and distributing materials to feed and propagate "faiths" that have departed from the Way is what I want to do nor should any disciple of Jesus (as defined in the NT) want to. The Bible does say that anyone who welcomes those who propagate teachings that have departed participate in an evil deed (rather than make a beautiful contribution to respectful and enriching dialogue as many advocate) (2 John 10-11). I am a customer who does not want to help finance the production of false teaching materials.

So, I am asking if Logos could clarify its policy and approach here please.

Hi Francis,

I think Logos has already answered your question on their website: http://www.logos.com/about/publishing-philosophy

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 9:12 AM

Francis:
I am wondering if Logos Bible Software is a Christian company

Logos is a company run by Christians. Seeing as a company has no soul to redeem it's hard for me to imagine a "Christian" company. We do know Logos is a for-profit company, not a 501-3c tax exempt organization.

Francis:
I am not trying to open up a debate, I am just asking a question of clarification.
 Confused I hope Milford's answer clarified it enough.

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 9:16 AM

sooo... logos could sell satanic bible might as well.. 

heck its for research purposes right..

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 9:26 AM

mike:

sooo... logos could sell satanic bible might as well.. 

heck its for research purposes right.

They could but I'm betting they won't. Devil Just like Vyrso could sell the Twilight series but won't.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 10:57 AM

Super Tramp:

mike:

sooo... logos could sell satanic bible might as well.. 

heck its for research purposes right.

They could but I'm betting they won't. Devil Just like Vyrso could sell the Twilight series but won't.

We need instructions for a Black Sabbath.  Devil

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 12:18 PM

George Somsel:
We need instructions for a Black Sabbath. 

They are on tour right now, and they are playing near where I live in a couple of weeks.  If you have any questions for them, I can go and ask Stick out tongue

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 12:52 PM

mike:

sooo... logos could sell satanic bible might as well.. 

I would purchse it for research purposes.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 1:08 PM

Reminds me of a pastor who did entertain the thought of watching pornography "for research purposes". 

However, this is a digression. The RC and 7th Day Adventist stuff that is here is not just for research purposes but to supply resources to these groups. 

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 1:31 PM

Francis:
The RC and 7th Day Adventist stuff that is here is not just for research purposes but to supply resources to these groups. 

And so is the Calvinist & Arminian. (and the Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Methodist,,,,)  What is your point?  They don't seem to object to your flavour being published.

Edit: We may even have some atheists, agnostics and pagans interested in Perseus & Noet!Indifferent

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 1:38 PM

Francis:
However, this is a digression. The RC and 7th Day Adventist stuff that is here is not just for research purposes but to supply resources to these groups.

Yes, and we've only just begun. Would love to have the material of Jehovah Witnesses in Logos. Smile I want it alllllllll. (singing off key) I'm a big boy, I can choose for myself. 

Logos is like a grocery store, buy what you like, take the best and leave the rest. Stick out tongue

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 1:40 PM

By the way, this collection is languishing in community pricing. http://www.logos.com/product/16021/mormon-studies-collection

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 1:53 PM

Lynden Williams:

By the way, this collection is languishing in community pricing. http://www.logos.com/product/16021/mormon-studies-collection

Yes

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Daniel Yoder | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 2:20 PM

Lynden Williams:

By the way, this collection is languishing in community pricing. http://www.logos.com/product/16021/mormon-studies-collection

This collection would be great to have, but it is completely stuck.  Sad

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 2:45 PM

Super Tramp:
What is your point?  They don't seem to object to your flavour being published.

My point is that JWs for instance are not just "another flavour". A company that published for JWs (as opposed to information about JWs) participates in their development. So, Lynden, I do own resources on witnessing to JWs and Mormons but I'd have difficulties with seeing Mormon devotionals being offered for devotional use. 

I buy books from Amazon and they publish a lot of stuff that I find objectionable. I don't think that I support any of these when I buy from Amazon. However, Amazon is clearly a secular business. However, I would have difficulties finding the objectionable material sold in a Christian bookstore. Why? It's a business also, but it's supposed to be Christian (meaning: in the manner in which it operates and what it promotes). 

The question I was asking at the beginning may thus be reformulated as "is Logos Bible Software" becoming more of a "Logos Religious Software"? As a customer I want to know whether I interact with it as a secular business or a Christian business with the corresponding expectations.

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 2:56 PM

Super Tramp:

mike:

sooo... logos could sell satanic bible might as well.. 

heck its for research purposes right.

They could but I'm betting they won't. Devil Just like Vyrso could sell the Twilight series but won't.

watch logos starting more different types of categories .. just watch ..

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 3:11 PM

mike:
watch logos starting more different types of categories .. just watch ..

I hope so. I can't wait to buy some of it.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 3:19 PM

Super Tramp:

I hope so. I can't wait to buy some of it.

The Sacred Books of the East (50 vols.)

Yes

See Bob Pritchett (Ceo of the company) on the way Logos operates. http://community.logos.com/forums/p/35460/266899.aspx

Everything ever written in Religion and Theology formatted for Logos Bible Software.Logos Youtube Channel

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 16 2013 3:24 PM

Lynden Williams:

See Bob Pritchett (Ceo of the company) on the way Logos operates. http://community.logos.com/forums/p/35460/266899.aspx

Here is the direct link to Bob's post: http://community.logos.com/forums/p/35460/267023.aspx#267023

(Lynden, you can get the direct link to a post further down from the top of a page on a thread by clicking the dog-eared page icon next to the poster's name.)

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