New iPhone / iPad App – Think Christianly

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The folks at Zondervan shared a link to a new free iPhone app in support of Jonathan Morrow’s recently published Think Christianly.  Morrow is has an M.Div and MA from Talbot, School of Theology and seems to have fully embraced social media as a part of ministry. The Think Christianly website has a real “emergent” feel, the material found on the site is solidly evangelical.

The App is an interesting way to access the website.  It is not as trendy as the new Relevant App, but in all fairness the Think Christianly app is designed for the iPhone, not the iPad so many of the “bells and whistles” are just not available. The App is a good way to access the blog, Twitter Feed, and Podcasts.  All of the Podcasts are from Morrow and covers a number of relevant apologetic topics (Is Hell for Real?  Spiritual but Not Religious?  Is Religion Dangerous?)  The App also offers access to a number of short videos on similar topics.  I watched the video on the problem of evil.  At just under 7 minutes, Morrow explains the basics elements of the issue and gives (what I think) is a fairly standard (and correct) answer.

The apologetics found at Think Christianly might not appeal to everyone, but Morrow is doing some good work.  If anything, the site and app are traditional in their approach to apologetic issues.  Maybe that is the problem, if the goal is to reach people with solid answers in the (post) modern world.  I suspect that the people who will find the most use of this app are Christians struggling to keep their faith rather than outsiders and seekers looking for solid answers.  I could be wrong about that.  But this App is far from a collection of Nooma videos, it intends to challenge the user to think a bit harder about hard topics.  What is more, the app / site holds to the belief that there are some answers to these questions.

One downside for the app (for me) is that the app is designed for the iPhone and therefore does not take advantage of the higher video quality of the iPad.  The App is built with MethodApps and the same “look and feel” as other apps built with that tool.