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Build Your Bible: A new app where teenagers can learn about the Bible

2015-04-29

The Bible is the most influential book in history and century after century it remains a best seller. 

But teachings teenagers about the Bible isn't always easy. Over the years it has become a growing challenge for parents, teachers and catechists. 

Now there's a digital game to make it all easier for the youth to get involved and learn about the Bible. 

RICARDO GRZONA
Foundation Ramón Pané, President
"Games are actually a form of communication. If you think about it, a lot of the things we learned as a kid, came through games.” 

That's where this app comes in. It's called 'Build your Bible.' Users are asked a series of questions about the Bible. The more correct answers, the more Bible books that can be added to one's account. 

RICARDO GRZONA
Foundation Ramón Pané, President
"We made it a point to present a game and not a study program because, we didn't want to risk losing about 90 percent of our youth. So this was our main concern.” 

MARIO J. PAREDES
Director of Catholic Ministries Department, American Bible Society
"Nowadays, our youths don't have a relationship with the Sacred Scriptures. Over 40 percent of youngsters don't read the Bible and have never even read a Biblical text. They're not interested and they find it irrelevant in their lives.” 

So to change that, this app was developed for pre teens and teens. It was developed by the American Bible Society and the Ramon Pané Foundation. The mission is clear: 

MARIO J. PAREDES
Director of Catholic Ministries Department, American Bible Society
"We simply cannot afford the luxury of having our youths disregard the culture and teachings of the Bible. A way to prevent this from happening is by developing these type of apps and games that will lead teenagers to the Word of God.”  

The app, Build Your Bible, is available in English and Spanish and it's completely free

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