Logos 6 is Here

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by Jason Smathers on October 27, 2014

Logos 6 was launched today. If you are looking for Bible software, Logos must be considered. Logos has the largest collection of books available of any Bible software (as far as I can tell). It includes tools for study in the original languages for pastors, seminary students, and others. Logos makes the original languages accessible even to people without a background since you can hover over a word and see all the information without even clicking. As an example, I’ve pointed to the word chosen in 2 Chronicles 7:12 and the data shown below is automatically displayed.

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Logos can be used by PhD students working on a dissertation and by Sunday School teachers alike. They have library options for all types of users. Since Logos is so feature rich, a book could be written on the various features. In this short introduction, I will be providing some information focusing on the new features.

Factbook

The factbook allows you to collect information on people, places and things from all the sources in your Logos library. This feature was around in Logos 5, but it has received a facelift and a new name. The extensive work Logos has done to make your library accessible shines here. For example, opening the entry on Lydia allows you to see not only where she is refereed to by name, but also as a pronoun or the implied subject of a verb. Opening the entry for cistern, pictures are provided giving a sense for what a cistern looked like and encyclopedia entries are provided for more detail.

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Inline Interlinear

When reading the Bible, Logos has added a new icon which will show an inline interlinear which adds the interlinear data below the English words, creating a reverse interlinear Bible on the fly. Logos 5 allowed added an interlinear stripe across the bottom of the Bible window, this easier formatting is new for version 6.

Inline Interlinear

Wikipedia

Logos 6 recognizes the growing trust in Wikipedia and provides an interface to Wikipedia which allows browsing as if it were another book in your library. Surly this feature is a nightmare come true for some seminary professors. However, if used correctly (with suspicion of the facts), Wikipedia can provide quick details and point you to source material.

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Atlas

Logos 6 includes an atlas feature. With a control (or apple logo) + click and a drag of the mouse, you can even measure distances on the map. If you are wondering, Sodom is nine miles from Gomorrah.

Logos 5 Atlas

Visual Copy

If you use PowerPoint or Proclaim to create presentations for preaching or teaching, or if you just like making fun images to share online, the new Visual Copy feature is neat. Visual Copy allows you to select a background, enter a quote and an author, then download or share the image. You can also enter a scripture reference and select from several images already made for that text.

Logos 6 Visual Copy

Logos 5 Users

Logos 5 users are wondering when they can upgrade and how much it will cost them. If you purchased Logos 5 recently, they will be offering a free crossgrade to you. The crossgrade upgrades the software without getting a new base library package. If your purchase wasn’t recent, give them a call or try the website to get your price. Everyone has a different price for upgrading because it is based on what books you already own. Or, you can use this time to switch to a new base library. The new reformed base packages should be very attractive for reformed users of Logos. The last option is to wait. Since Logos sells books, not software, they usually give the upgrade away for free, but you might need to wait for that option. But, if you wait for the free upgrade, the new features that require books (such as the atlas) will not work, since you do not own the books that power the features.

[update 10/28/2014]

More specific details for people who purchased Logos 5 recently:

“If you bought within the last 90 days, you can either

  1. Use a promo code to get the datasets and media of the Logos 6 package that corresponds to your Logos 5 package for free.

  2. Return your Logos 5 package and purchase a Logos 6 package.

If you bought within the last 91–180, you can use a promo code to get 50% off the datasets and media of the Logos 6 package that corresponds to your Logos 5 package.”

Reformed Base Packages

Logos has introduced a series of base packages for various types of users including packages such as Baptist, Chaplains, and Reformed. With the release of Logos 6, the reformed base packages have been revamped and a new portfolio version is also available if you want it all. You will find everything from commentaries by Poole, Henry, and Calvin to Early Church Fathers to systematic theologies by Strong, Hodge and others.  You will have to jump over to the site to see the massive listing. The packages range in size and price accordingly from starter to portfolio. If you already own some books in Logos, they now offer dynamic pricing for these packages so you do not have to pay for books you already own.

Discount

Use coupon code WITNESSESUNTOME6 at checkout for 15% off a Logos base package.

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$59,183.39: Caner’s Cost for Frivolous Lawsuits

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by Jason Smathers on October 15, 2014

USMC-10909Ergun Caner’s lawsuits have been deemed frivolous and he is now liable for $59,183.39 in legal fees. Ending a sixteen month saga, Judge Terry Means has awarded Jason Smathers (this author) $24,379.80 in attorney fees, adding to the $34,262.50 awarded in the companion case against Jonathan Autry and $541.09 in other legal fees awarded by the courts.

In an attempt to suppress criticism, Caner sued Smathers and Autry in June of 2013 for alleged copyright infringement. Both cases included the posting of video footage of Caner lying to the US Marines as part of a cultural training event where Caner purported himself to have been raised in the Middle East in radical Islam. Autry’s case also included several other videos. Caner dramatically lost both cases, in one ruling the court called Caner’s claims “ludicrous” and “outlandish.”

In today’s ruling, Judge Means opined that “a reasonable person who is represented by competent counsel would not pursue such a claim” as Caner made. Means said an award of attorney fees will compensate “for having to defend against an unreasonable claim of copyright infringement and deter others who seek to silence criticism in the public forum by improperly invoking the protections of the Copyright Act.”

Judge Means pointed out that at the time Caner filed his copyright lawsuit, he had not even submitted an application for copyright registration, which is a prerequisite to filing a copyright infringement lawsuit. This conduct suggested to Means that the lawsuit was frivolous and weighed against Caner in the decision to award attorney fees.

In July, Judge Norman Moon awarded Autry his legal expenses with a scathing memorandum opinion that labeled the lawsuit as both frivolous and brought with the improper motive of suppressing legitimate criticism.

Fee award in Caner vs. Autry
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Image by Lance Cpl. Michael Angelo, a U.S. military employee, taken or made as part of their official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

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Witnessing to the Jehovah’s Witnesses

October 10, 2014

Each year Golden Shores Community Baptist Church hosts an apologetics workshop. The 2014 apologetics workshop covered Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dr. David D. Edgington was the speaker. Dr. Edgington is the Executive Director of Compassionate Counselors, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ, a biblical…

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Hobby Lobby Wins

June 30, 2014

US Supreme court says the HHS contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion and that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to companies such as Hobby Lobby. Download the court decision. Image copyright DangApricot, used under creative commons license.

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Indiana Must Permit and Acknowledge Homosexual Marriage, says Federal Court

June 25, 2014

Defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause according to today’s ruling from Judge Richard L Young of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana….

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The Bible is Sufficient to Know Heaven is Real

June 10, 2014

Southern Baptists declare afterlife books and movies to be “antithetical to Scripture.” While choosing not to name any book or movie in particular, following the huge success of books and movies like Heaven is For Real, 90 Minutes in Heaven,…

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Ergun Caner Fails Again in Suppressing the Truth

May 14, 2014

Judge calls Ergun Caner’s claims “ludicrous” and “outlandish.” The court has ruled on Ergun Caner’s lawsuit against Jonathan Autry. Ergun Caner had filed a lawsuit against Jason Smathers (this author) and Jonathan Autry for posting video footage of Caner lying…

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Supreme Court: Public Prayer Affirmed

May 5, 2014

“Prayer has become part of the Nation’s heritage and tradition.” The Supreme Court has ruled that prayer at government meetings is constitutional. Their ruling is below. download the decision

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Ergun Caner’s Crusade Against The Truth

May 1, 2014

Jonathan Autry points out the lies of Ergun Caner and his attorney during yesterdays hearing. Ergun Caner’s lawsuit against Jonathan Autry continues to devolve. The lawsuit itself comes after Jonathan Autry exposed the lies of Ergun Caner through a series…

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Caner Labels His Critics “Cyber Terrorists”

April 30, 2014

“Cyber terrorist” is the term Ergun Caner’s attorney used to describe Caner’s critics. The court heard oral arguments today on Autry’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him for posting videos that substantiated his criticism. Jonathan Autry, represented by his…

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