The Master Christian Library, Version 6.0 -- By: Keith Harper

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 17:1 (Fall 1999)
Article: The Master Christian Library, Version 6.0
Author: Keith Harper

The Master Christian Library, Version 6.01

Keith Harper

Associate Professor of Church History
Director of External Studies
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

How would you describe over four hundred of the world’s best-known Christian books on one resource that fits in the palm of your hand? Ages Software calls it The Master Christian Library (MCL) Version 6.0. This single CD-ROM contains works by some of Christianity’s greatest figures from the past two thousand years; and at $79.95, ministers, scholars, and laypeople can own a wealth of information for pennies per volume.

Ages Software has built its reputation by offering dozens of Christian titles, many out of print, for a reasonable price. The MCL Version 6.0 is no exception. For example, it contains seven Bibles, five English translations, one Spanish translation, and Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. It also contains six sets of Bible commentaries and over a dozen individual works including Calvin’s Harmony of the Gospels, Charles Hodge’s comments on the Corinthian epistles, and Robert Haldane’s classic commentary on Romans.

Those who want history and theology books to accompany their exegetical tools will not be disappointed with MCL Version 6.0. This CD contains Gibbon’s six-volume Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as well as the entire thirty-eight-volume Early Church Fathers series. It comes with no fewer than nine biblical reference works, twelve inspirational works, sixteen theological works including Aquinas’ six-volume Summa Theologica, as well as The Works of Arminius (three volumes).

In addition to the Biblical and theological works, MCL Version 6.0 offers a unique collection of resources guaranteed to enhance anyone’s spiritual life. Imagine reading selections from Sir Robert Anderson, John Calvin, Alfred Edersheim, Charles G. Finney, William Law, Martin Luther, Dwight L. Moody, John Owen, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and John Wesley (the complete works). Going one step further, Ages Software claims that MCL provides the most complete electronic collections of Jonathan Edwards’ and John Bunyan’s works currently available. No matter how you look at it, this is impressive software.

Fortunately for would-be users, the MCL Version 6.0 is almost as easy to use as it is functional. In fact, Ages Software may offer the easiest-to-use

software on the market. The MCL will run on any IBM-compatible machine with a 386 processor or higher. It operates in nearly any version of Windows. It can run with as little as ...

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