Is making something digital saying that it has less value? Think about it. If we are making almost everything a digital version, that being news, books, telephone books even, then what is the value of that item? Some may say that there is still value, just a better and more convenient way of getting the information. Some may not even use a particular app even though it is very popular. So what is now becoming the new thing?
Traditionally, people being sworn into office are done so by on the Bible. Now, with the digital age among us, the United States Ambassador to Switzerland, Suzi Levine, made history and was sworn in on a Kindle instead of the Bible. Other politicians followed in her footsteps and did the same thing.
The issue here is that being the Bible is very religious to many communities and now it is being substituted with a Kindle or some other device. While some people agree that there is innovation in using new technology, some religious scholars are not concerned with the increase use of technology. This is because religious scholars agree that people are least engaged with the Bible regardless if it is in print or digital form.
The counter side to this argument is talking about how it is being used. With the Bible being a physical book, people recognize it. Using a tablet, people may not associate it as being the Bible.
Other counter measures are how the Word is being spoken and used in various forms. For religious people, it does go beyond their beliefs that the physical Bible is not being used. For technology people, it shows the innovation of what is the wave of the future. Would there ever be one solution? Probably not; but a social issue like this would be greatly debated for years to come.