Vision and Purpose
The main purpose behind Concord since its inception in 1988 has been to help people study the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy in order to support their spiritual growth and healing practice.
Over the years, as technology has advanced, so has Concord.
In the spirit of making the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy more accessible, this latest iteration of Concord has been developed to work on all major operating systems, such as Windows®, Mac, and more. Concord will now work online or offline, and will easily receive new updates to keep it current.
Within the application, Concord is staying true to its purpose: enabling a thorough word search of the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy’s other writings, and the Christian Science Hymnal with its Supplement. This version has some new features, including the ability to: do “Related Words” searches within Eddy’s writings for God, Jesus, and Mary Baker Eddy; annotate the books; compile quotations and citations based on a theme; prepare readings; look up Bible quotations in the text of Eddy’s writings; and cross references between the Bible and Eddy's writings.
In addition, Concord has an entirely new and expanded way of providing customer support. In addition to tech support by phone and email, there is an entire online community of Concord users at your fingertips to help answer your questions. You will even be able to answer and help your Concord-using friends! This means that you will have more experts available for help, and may enjoy a faster response time for your questions when using this community.
The driving question at every aspect of development for this brand new version of Concord has been: How can we best serve students of Christian Science to more easily and thoroughly study the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and support their practice of the Science of Christianity? This has been accomplished through an application that works on more computers, is easier to use and maintain, and will be supported in a more efficient way.
Desktop or Online?
There are now two completely different ways to pay for and use Concord. See our comparison chart of the main features available in each version.
Concord Desktop is loaded onto your computer and runs directly off of your hard drive. Your Notebooks and Annotations are stored directly on your computer and these are accessible from your computer at any time — with or without an Internet connection.
Concord Online is available as a free 14-day trial at www.concordworks.com/trial. After the trial, Concord Online is only $5.99 per month. With Concord Online, you can access your Notebooks and Annotations saved online from any computer connected to the Internet. This means that you can access your notes at home on your computer, from work on your mobile phone, or on vacation on your tablet. All updates to the online application will be automatically integrated.
The best Internet browser to use with the Concord Online is Firefox®, which you can download for free at: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox. You can also use Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer 9 or higher.
Concord’s Core Functions
Regardless of whether you’re using the Concord Desktop or Concord Online, you’ll have access to Concord’s three core areas: Search, Annotate, and Notebook.
Concord is built around its powerful search engine. You can search the Bible, Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, Eddy’s other writings, and the Christian Science Hymnal with its Supplement. You can do a variety of searches to thoroughly research and plumb the depths of these essential writings of Christian Science. You can search for single words and receive results that include conjugations of verbs, single and plural variations, and possessive versions of nouns. You can search for multiple words to do a narrow thematic search or search for phrases to find an exact quote. There are also special “Related Words” searches for God, Jesus, and Mary Baker Eddy.
This is the equivalent of underlining or highlighting passages and writings notes in the margins of your books. By selecting a passage with your mouse, you can then click on the “Annotate” button above the book text. This will add a Note icon to the margin and transfer the quote into the “Annotate” tab, where it is attached to the book text. Then, you can write your own notes, attached to that quote. Next time you’re reading through that passage, the Note icon will still be there, and when you click on it, your annotation and notes will appear in the Annotate tab.
As you’re studying and exploring the essential writings of Christian Science, you can collect quotations and inspiration together thematically in the “Notebook” tab. You can set a subject and date for your Notebook. This is a great way to compile readings (for church or for church committee work) or to collect verses that support your study of a specific topic.