Even I Would Read the Bible If It Were This Pretty

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Despite having grown up in the Bible Belt, I'm not terribly religious. Sure, I still go to our quaint little Episcopal church with my mom on holidays but, if you asked me what happens in the Book of Revelation, I'd be dumbfounded. Unless I had an app like this.

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A British design studio called Family just posted screenshots of an impressively pretty Bible iPhone app.

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Commissioned by Icon Magazine, this bold and beautiful design concept features descriptive, custom-made icons for each book of the Bible, and a clean layout that makes reading breezy.

Features include a shake-to-shuffle technique for reading random passages, geolocation for finding nearby churches, and easy ways to share scripture.

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Again, I'm not big on religion, but the Bible is an important book—one I think I should probably read at some point. This app might just make that happen. That is, if somebody actually builds it.

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Know any good scripture apps? Bible? Torah? Koran? Otherwise? Drop 'em in the comments. [Family]

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IceMetalPunk
IceMetalPunk

Since this is a religious-related article, on a science-related blog, on the Internet, I'm just going to assume there will be heat in the comments section regardless of what I say or do. With that in mind, I won't waste any energy choosing my words carefully for this comment.

The last thing we need is more marketing of the Bible. It even comes with a nifty "Are you curious about some things that don't make sense? Find a local recruitment center and we'll tell you what to think!" option (though "Find-a-Church" is a more snappy name, I'll grant).

People like things that look good. People are more easily influenced by things they like. So by making the Bible not only look good, but also in a portable format so they can reaffirm their confirmation bias 24/7, it's just reinforcing the control that religion still has on society. I can only hope that if people want to get this, they don't put it on their kids' phones; the last thing we need is an easier way to indoctrinate people.