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IPhones and Advent: iHabitus's Advent 08

November 30th, 2008 | 1 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Since the mid-20th century, Christianity has happily played the role of cultural follower.  Our art, our music, our literature has reflected the ongoing innovation of the world around us.  Nowhere has this been more true than online.  While Christians began writing blogs early enough (especially those in the emerging church), those early adopters rarely went on to create new technologies.  

Brant DeBow is one Christian who is trying to create new programs, rather than simply use existing programs, for the kingdom of God.  His company iHabitus, has released a new application for the iPhone that is designed to help Christians reflect more consistently on the meaning of Advent.  Though I don't have an iPhone, it looks quite good.

What is iHabitus?  They explain:

Our goal is to foster the daily practice of faith through technology. Our method is to deliver creedal Christianity's rich, high culture traditions through the latest in modern technology in a way that is careful, reverent and deliberate. Careful, because technology can too often lead to distraction over devotion.  Reverent, because we act as ambassadors of Christ.  Deliberate, because we must not let the medium define the Message.

If you have an iPhone, download the application and email me at matthew dot l dot anderson at gmail dot com.  I will be happy to post your review here.

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.