• I own the hard copy of Upon This Rock, and it is by far the best and most accessible book I have found on the office of the Papacy for the average man like myself. The appendix in the back on the event wherein Simon is named Peter and given the keys is alone worth the price of admission. It is heavily footnoted and is sourced from a host of Protestant sources that back up the Catholic teaching. Excited to have this book in Logos / Verbum and, given the positive reviews below, excited for the study on the Gospel according to St. John as well.
    1. I work at a software company where $200/hour is the norm for basic to (some) intermediate level training on software packages that are similar in complexity and dynamics to Logos (though completely unrelated in all other meaningful respects). For the level of depth that the Practicum promises to provide, I am looking forward to its release and find the cost to be reasonable. I've also worked in video production, and quality training videos do not produce themselves. Even the in-depth Logos training videos more suited for the evangelical Protestant users cost money, and that user base far outweighs the Catholic user base. Free training and something for nothing is a nice idea, but as it's been pointed out, there are free resources available for a lot of the basic functionality (and it is extremely helpful for those first learning). The time I've saved in my academic studies have alone justified my purchase of Logos--I anticipate even greater rewards as the Practicum increases my facility with the program through the lens of Catholic needs. I, for one, am willing to pay for those greater rewards.
      1. But $200/hour is the price for an instructor - not for a DVD. This is a little pricey for 5 hours of video but I guess with a limited audience this represents their costs.
      2. Robert, Your point is well taken regarding $200 an hour for an instructor versus a recorded version. If we did the math at the current run time of a little over 5 hours it would tell a better story, I think. However, the comparison really doesn't apply. Commercial grade training videos for software packages start here and go up ... some quite dramatically depending on the software. A quick check of the corpus of Logos training videos shows the value proposition. Yes, there are free videos out there. Some are very helpful but not as comprehensive. Whether it covers costs ... only time will tell and only Logos can answer. I'm really looking forward to the release of the product. It's been in the pipeline for over a year. This is going to be a big help to Verbum users.
    2. I agree with George Somsel. I have reviewed the print version of this, and the Logos program would supplant the need for this resource.
      1. Although...I am wondering if the cross-reference resources in Logos/Verbum are from Protestant sources and missing the deuterocanonicals. And, setting up a concordance means making decisions about what connects--and that involves a perspective, whether one acknowledges it or not. So I wonder if a Catholic concordance could enrich my Logos/Verbum by offering cross references and concordances that also include deuterocanonicals and a Catholic perspective? I went through Camp Logos 1-2 training and discovered how Protestant the underlying resource tools are, and so I'm paying attention to that issue. Thanks for letting me think about this "out loud."
      2. I've gone through Camp 1 and 2 as well, so I understand the concern. But this resource is tying together things linguistically, not topically. Verbum lets you perform a word search on the actual text, including deuterocanonical books. It's not based off somebody's opinion, it is simply where in the RSV an English word appears, or where the underlying Hebrew/Greek word appears. It's a factual matter. It's not making connections by cross referencing. It's a concordance, not a cross reference.