Since converting to the Catholic Church I’ve had a hunger for knowledge and evangelization. This led me to start another Masters program; I wanted a MA in Dogmatic Theology.
Soon after enrolling and getting started, I realized there was an ocean of material to learn. Not just this, but I didn’t know of any way to organize it all in order to make the most of my time and energy. Studying multiple subjects at once, and taking vastly different courses semester-to-semester, I needed to be flexible. Synoptic Gospels while studying the Summa, then to the Documents of Vatican II and the Church Fathers, onto the apocrypha and the rest – my studies covered a high volume of material which meant my organization needed to be on par with my rate of learning.
Then I heard about Verbum. I was impressed. The videos on the website made the software look simple, but highly effective. When I was fully convinced, I gave it a shot on a 30-day guarantee. I can’t tell you how stunned I was when I first opened and explored Verbum. Navigation was a breeze. The library was huge and everything read very well. My library was on my phone, tablet, and computer. I was able to customize my home-page with daily updates on content that was relevant to me. Citations and creating references in Verbum saved a ton of time. I’m still learning more and more.
Let me give you an example.
Go to this page to read Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes, The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. This is the longest document that Paul VI promulgated in Vatican II and has over 100 references. To view these references in the text, you have to stop what you’re doing — mentally remember where you left off — scroll to the bottom to find your reference — jot down that reference — open up another web browser — paste — then hope you find the right reference and dig until you’re sure. The reference you find might not be from the same website, which means it wont read the same, navigate the same, you’ll have to bookmark that as well, cite it differently, etc, etc. This is how scholars got by.
With Verbum, while I have Gaudium et Spes open, the links for the references are right in the text, and open up right next to the text I’m viewing as to not lose my spot, or distract me and ruin the pace I’m working at. It’s that simple, really. From there I can do what I want. Verbum automatically saves my search history, my read history, everything. I can create notes for myself or other readers, or a group I’m studying with. You dream it, Verbum can probably do it. That’s just one example. This applies to the Summa, Sacred Scripture, and a host of other books. Anyone reading the Summa knows how often St. Thomas referred to Augustine, Damascene, “the Philosopher” Aristotle, and others. In Verbum, you link to almost all of those texts, which makes learning the Summa so much easier.
Any topic, you name it, Verbum will pull the content you need to learn what you’re seeking. Check out this video that helps illustrate what I’m talking about.
A revolving question I get asked is how I am able to get so much work done. Verbum is one vital tool I use to “do so much.” I just want to let you know, in all honestly, that nobody at Verbum is paying me to write this. I truly belive in this product and I believe that today’s scholar cannot live without this tool. Verbum has my highest recommendation for Biblical and Magisterial scholarship.
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