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Holy touch screen! A Christian tablet is born

July 12, 2012|By David Lazarus
  • The new Edifi tablet (as opposed to the laptop former Pope John Paul II used in 2001) takes Christian computing a step forward.
The new Edifi tablet (as opposed to the laptop former Pope John Paul II used… (Associated Press )

And on the seventh day, God created a tablet computer.

A group called Family Christian is offering what it calls the world's first Christian tablet -- dubbed the Edifi.

"We wanted to be able to offer our customers the ability to use our Holy Bible application, which has 27 different English translations of the Bible," the aptly named Brian Honorable, Family Christian's technology supervisor, told FoxNews.com. "It goes along with our mission: trying to get people closer to God."

The Android-based device is manufactured by South Korea's Cydle. It features a touch screen, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. Basically, it's like a Kindle Fire with the holy spirit.

The Edifi sells for $149.99.

And as if that low-low-low price wasn't enough to motivate the faithful to go high-tech, the gadget also comes with movie-watching capabilities, Christian radio stations and a web browser with "safe search," which means little ones will be protected from un-Christian online experiences.

Personally, I've always been agnostic about technology. I just want something that works well, and haven't considered its religious underpinnings.

But if the Edifi gets more people online and interconnected, what the hell -- sorry, heck. It's probably not much of a stretch to think Jewish or Islamic devices could also find an audience.

That reminds me of a joke: An iPad, a Kindle and an Edifi walk into a bar ...

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