Why buy Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem for Accordance
Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:16 PM
O.K., help me out on this. I want to spend the $40 and I think I can come up with it. But in this case I am thinking the hard copy might be the best form for this resource and save me $10 to boot.
Please convince me otherwise.
Th.M. (Systematic Theology, Dallas Seminary)
M.A., Ph.D. (Classical Philosophy, University of Dallas)
Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:21 PM
I have used the printed version, but purchased the Accordance module.
I want to buy Grudem's Systematic Theology, I really do. Especially while it is on sale. But I am wondering if I wouldn’t use it more in print form ($30)? Could someone give me their best reasons one might use this with their Accordance study?
Speed is a reason. If you travel, you have a great library aid with you whenever you would like to use it.
There is an elegance and tactile delight in printed books. No computer ever will replace the joys of paper and ink, but it becomes a very versatile tool in the Accordance program.
Seems to me a massive theological volume like this wouldn't have too many side-by-side usages with passages of scripture like a commentary would have. Wouldn't it be easier to find and read a topic from the printed version by looking it up in the index and reading long paragraphs from the printed page? Perhaps I am missing something, and in a way I hope I am.
You can search in a variety of ways. Yes, you can search by verse, by word, phrase and several other ways. I've attached a screen shot.
That is why I am asking this question. Are the scripture references in this resource hyperlinked? Or topics or major headings that link to scripture passages? As a Pastor, I would like to use this resource as I study a particular passage in scripture and be able to easily see where Grudem is using any of these verses in another pane. Can I do this?
Hopefully, this can help you decide.
Posted 05 November 2008 - 08:51 PM
My approach depends on the type of work. If it is the kind of book that I want to sit down and read all the way through, word for word and then only reference on rare occasion then I purchase it in paper.
With Grudem however, it is unlikely that I will read it page by page all the way through. More likely, I will have a question about a certain issue and go find Grudem and skim a page or two on that issue. If that is my main use for the work then it makes more sense to get the module because I can accomplish this task much quicker and without having to have the book on hand (or having to get out of a chair to go find it). Also, any scripture reference searches will be so much faster than in the paper version. If you are looking at Acts 1 and you want to quickly see if Grudem says anything about that chapter you can do it with a few clicks rather than finding the scripture index and looking up the seven different pages where Grudem references it.
I don't think there is any reason to choose the paper version over accordance unless it is a work that you plan to read word for word. Reference works become so much more useful (and thus used) in accordance.
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