Yesterday, Logos Bible Software, released a major new product: Reformed Base Packages. They were so gracious to provide me with a complimentary Gold Package provided that I honestly review it here on The Old Guys. It is with great excitement that I do so in this post and a few that will follow.
I realize that the majority of readers may have no clue as to what Logos Bible Software is or have simply not decided to use it. So, tomorrow I will post a detailed walk-through of who Logos Bible Software is, what it is, and why I believe it is important. Especially, for those of us who believe that the voices of the past still have something to say to us today. After that I’d like to spend a few posts to also zoom in on a few key features of this technology that are so very useful for believers and worth thanking God for.
I am excited about the release of this new product line because Logos has finally put together a collection of resources specifically geared towards the user interested in Reformed Theology and as we call them on this blog The Old Guys. Many of their collections in the past have consisted of a handful of resources worth being excited about but then also have had tons of resources one may not particularly care for.
Now, in their new Reformed Base Packages it’s hard for me to find a resource that I just absolutely wouldn’t care to have. They’ve really done a great job.
So, I’d like to highlight some of the amazing products that Logos has pulled together to offer at a substantial discount in their Reformed Gold Base Package.
Note: Reformed Base Packages are available in Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum versions. Each growing in terms of products and price over the one before it.
What Is Included?
The Gold package comes with a selection of 811 hand-picked resources for the Christian interested in Reformed Theology.
There are resources that cover a range of categories like:
- Ancient Texts and Morphologies
- Ancient Texts in Translation
- Bible Commentaries
- Bible History Culture
- Bible Introductions and Surveys
- Bible Reference
- Biblical Studies
- Church Fathers
- Church History
- Data Sets
- Devotional and Spiritual Formation
- English Bibles
- Maps, Photos and Media
- Original Language Grammars and Tools
- Original Language Lexicons and Word Studies
- Parallel Passages and Harmonies
- Preaching and Teaching
This list makes clear that this package isn’t simply for someone wanting to kick back with John Calvin, but is ready for serious study of the Bible in a multitude of ways.
What Stands Out?
The following resources are ones that caught my eye and make this package very attractive to the person seeking to study the Bible, get into the languages, and read Reformed resources:
- 11 Popular English Bibles
- 18 Interlinear Bibles
- Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia
- Swete LXX with Morphology
- Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Greek New Testament
- Crossway Apologetics Collection
Early Church Fathers (37 vols.):
- Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible (3 vols.)
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible
- Charles Hodge Commentary Collection (4 vols.)
Calvin’s Commentaries (46 vols.):
- Charles Simeon’s Horae Homileticae Commentary (21 vols.)
- Crossway Classical Commentaries (26 vols.)
- Crossway D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (12 vols)
- Reformation Study Bible
- New Dictionary of Theology
- By Faith, Not by Sight by Richard Gaffin
- Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit by F.F. Bruce
- Christian Origins and the Question of God Series (3 vols.) by N.T. Wright
- Creeds of Christendom (3 vols.) by Philip Schaff
- The Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.)
- The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 vols.)
- Dogmatic Theology by W. G. T. Shedd
- Historic Creeds and Confessions
- Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
- Outlines of Theology by A. A. Hodge
- Systematic Theology (3 vols.) by Charles Hodge
Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.):
- Westminster Confession of Faith, including the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (3 vols.)
- Works of John Bunyan (3 vols.)
- God, Revelation, and Authority (6 vols.) by Carl Henry
- B.B. Warfield Collection (20 vols.)
- The Commentary of Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism
- Herman Witsius Collection (11 vols.)
- Louis Berkhof Collection (15 vols.)
Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols.):
- Summa Theologica: English and Latin (30 vols.) by Thomas Aquinas
- The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury (4 vols.)
Works of John Owen (24 vols.):
- The Works of Richard Sibbes (7 vols.)
- Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (8 vols.)
- William G.T. Shedd Collection (13 vols.)
- Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT) (10 vols.)
- And much more.
How Much Does It Cost?
In print such a collection could cost up to $20,200. Logos offers their Reformed Gold Package for just over $1,500. That is, if you purchase it without using discounts. Currently, anyone can use the coupon code “REFORMEDBP” to slash 15% from the price. Those in school can apply for an academic discount and pay even less.
While many may decide that while such a package is attractive they just don’t have the money, it is worth noting that Logos does offer helpful payment plans. Those on a budget can purchase a package like this and make monthly payments for up to 18 months. They don’t charge interest, but do apply a $5 administrative fee for each month of the payment plan. For example a $1500 purchase for 18 months would come out around $88 a month.
How Should We Respond?
Even if you aren’t interested or just aren’t able to invest in such software the sheer availability of this product is still cause for rejoicing. Never before has such an embarrassment of Reformed riches been available. What once took up libraries now fits in small pockets. The ability to search, read, highlight, and share has never been easier. May God grant us to use such resources to His glory and to the benefit of His church.