Not too long ago I was sitting in a Sunday School meeting (not a class but rather an administrative meeting). It was pretty dry but toward the end an interesting discussion took place. One of the Sunday School teachers remarked that he frequently had a hard time teaching the youth because of their iPods/smart phones. The problem was he couldn’t ban the electronics from class because they were the only source of scriptures the kids had. He went on to say that he somewhat sympathized with the kids because he himself didn’t own scriptures. He just used his iPad or Kindle.
At this point, another member of our group piped up and courteously said that he didn’t understand how this brother couldn’t own some scriptures. He went on to say that there was just something about having scriptures in your lap and being able to turn the pages. Further, he said, they just seemed to be more “spiritual” in the paper-and-leather format.
A few more people jumped in on both sides of the issue. It seemed the older folks landed on the print side of the equation and the more youthful persons defended the electronics. After a few minutes the Sunday School pres got us back on track and that was the end of that. No one, in my mind, made a strong case one way or the other for the exclusive use of their medium.
I’m curious what the readers of the Cultural Hall think? Are hard copy scriptures the way to go or does the electronic version scratch your itch? I’d appreciate the feedback but arguments one way or the other are needed. Back up your stance. I’d also be curious if age is a factor. If you are older do you prefer the originals? Do the “generals in the war in heaven” like the electronic stuff? Or is that an unfair stereotype? Let me know what you think.