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iPad Roundup: Religious Studies

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If Apple Computer, Inc. (s aapl) isn’t enough of a religion for you, there are plenty of apps out there for the iPad that should cover most other religions to which you may subscribe. The iPad’s versatility — coupled with developer ingenuity — means there are many different ways to engage with that religion, too.

Some of the religious apps are audio-based, while others provide brief moments (“thought of the day” style) of inspiration. There are the standard works for reading, as well as full-on study aids to really dig in deep. There are even some religious-themed comic books, if that’s more to your taste. Of course, these various options are used at the whim of individual developers, so not all features and delivery methods are available in every religion.


Covering both hymns and music, as well as readings of the texts and talks, there are some good choices for those who want to use the iPad speakers (or headphones):

Quick Inspiration

Days are busy, but if you want a quick bit of inspiration before you start your day, these apps should deliver:

Standard Books

If you’re just looking to read the Good Word on your iPad, these apps are probably a good place to start:

Serious Study
With lots of great features, these iPad apps should get you kick-started for some serious religious study:

There are likely other great apps for serious study for other religions, but as they lie outside my own personal purview. I decided it’s best left to devotees of those faiths to suggest their own in the comments.

Obviously there are many, many more app choices out there. Using the iPad as a platform for religious study means more than just reading the printed (or in this case, digital) word. Many offer online syncing of bookmarks, additional resource downloads, highlighting/note taking, audio passages, and even group study tools. So take your time in perusing┬áthe many options to find out which app’s features best suit your needs.

As an interesting aside, I’m seeing more and more iPads appearing at my own worship services on Sundays. The portability and flexibility of the device obviously allows for ease of planning, administration, study, and note taking: all of which fit the bill for many attending church services. I’ve even seen the iPad being used for Sunday School lessons and presentations. The versatility of Apple’s latest device is certainly finding a home in nearly every facet of people’s’ lives.

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15 Responses to “iPad Roundup: Religious Studies”

  1. Check out the Holy Roller. It is a new app (multiple versions and languages available) that provides pertinent Bible verses for whatever you’re going through.

    I am the developer and still have a few remaining promo codes. If you or any of your readers are interested, email me at [email protected]


  2. Graham Dunn

    Wordlive from Scripture Union is another great app for thought for the day style interatction with the bible. There are podcasts, worhsip songs, you tube viedos as well as great txt based content

  3. Dick Mitchell

    Are there any apps that show how science is false? I’m so sick of everyone just assuming because I use an iPad, I somehow buy-in to the whole “science improves our lives” bologna. People will just start talking to me about Evolution as if there’s been decades and decades of research done to test it. It’s like, “Hello! there is 6,000 years of evidence for the Bible!” I mean, obviously carbon-dating is totally a myth but where can I learn the reasons why so I can set the record straight with all these Einstein worshiping Atheists? There needs to be an app for that!

  4. BibleReader by Olive Tree has been in the mobile platform space for years (Palm originally), and their iOS offering is superior in offerings and sophistication and maturity to anything else on the market for a bible and bible resource tool.
    A glaring omission, really, for a intro to the topic such as this article.

  5. Donald E. Stidwell

    The two reigning kings of portable Bible study apps: Pocket Bible by Laridian (which I’ve used since my Palm OS days) and Olive Tree’s Bible Reader. It doesn’t get any better than these two. Also, Logos software has an iPhone/iPad app that allows you to access most of your desktop library. And finally, Accordance Bible, the premier Mac Bible study software, is coming out with an iPhone/iPad app sometime in the not too distant future.

  6. Jonathan Nave

    Audio app: K-Love radio station

    I do see that eventually more people will use an app like ForScore where they can scan their sheet music into .pdf files and use the iPad as a database for music sets and playlists (see something like Worship Music Advanced app by and Onsong for iPad).

  7. Jonathan Nave

    Great Christian apps that I use (all Free)

    – Holy Bible by YouVersion
    #1 Bible app for me. You can post to Fb and Twitter, tons of translations (in other languages too), Reading plans, and frequent updates.

    – ESV by Crossway
    Zune-like interface when looking up verses

    – Bible+1
    New app that has a lot of promise based on what they’ve done on Twitter.