Logos 6 Bible Software: A Short Review

Logos 6 review

Logos Bible Software is an amazing tool for Bible study and research. Logos 6’s biggest asset to me is that it has phenomenal search capabilities. Having Logos 6 is like being able to carry an entire searchable library with you on your laptop or mobile device. Logos 6 provides a wealth of versatile resources: media depicting biblical places and events, outstanding biblical language tools, and the ability to compare commentaries, translations, and textual variants.

I am someone who is fairly skeptical technological innovations and I will never stop using my print Bible. I am also someone who is not technologically adept but the good thing about Logos 6 is that, though it is not simple to learn to use, it is fairly intuitive for those willing to persist. I watched several instructional videos and read a little bit, but I learned best by the process of trial and error while using Logos 6. If I can teach myself to use Logos 6 then anyone can (I should attend seminar at some point).

Logos 6 is a powerful aid to help you study the biblical text but it also makes a large number of searchable Christian books available to purchase for your electronic library. The person who uses Logos 6 can build a vast personal library that reflects their particular research interests. Logos 6 is not inexpensive, but for the pastor or scholar who desires to build commentary and research collections, it is probably a bit cheaper via Logos 6 than ordering physical books and they are fully searchable at any time. Imagine being able to search an entire library of commentaries, systematic theologies, journal articles, and historical books in the matter of seconds. As one who travels, this is a fantastic help to me. I can take John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Andrew Fuller with me wherever I go.

Another feature of Logos 6 that is a valuable and timesaving tool for anyone doing historical or theological research for writing projects is that when you copy and paste a section from your resource into your document the program automatically creates a footnote for you. My only complaint about the Logos 6 system is that sometimes indexing and updating is time-consuming. At times I have set apart a particular portion of the day to study and the program needed to update at that time, which took several hours of precious study time. I also had to purchase a newer computer for the program to run efficiently.

I highly recommend Logos Bible Software. I will never abandon the reading of paper books but I think a both/and approach provides the best of all worlds.

By |November 21st, 2015|Categories: Blog|

About the Author:

David E. Prince is pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky and assistant professor of Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of In the Arena and Church with Jesus as the Hero. He blogs at Prince on Preaching and frequently writes for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, For the Church, the BGEA and Preaching Today