How Luther Lost Control of the Message

The reformer used technology to spread the word. Would it backfire?
How Luther Lost Control of the Message
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Martin Luther’s near death experience and a technological innovation kicked off a series of events that would make the Bible more accessible than ever. But could Luther deal with the fallout? Increased accessibility to God’s Word means increased responsibility for Luther and everyone following in his footsteps.

The spread of ideas spurred on by the printing press was a double-edged sword—Luther had unprecedented influence over far more people than he would have otherwise. But he also felt fundamentally out of control of his own message. His message was taken out of his head, stamped onto paper, spread into the world, and then repeated on by others in the same way.

Hear more about Luther and the Printing Press’s influence on the Protestant Reformation, which largely forms how we read the Bible today, as we continue our journey with Living & Effective.

Featuring Jennifer Powell McNutt (Wheaton College), Karen Swallow-Prior (Liberty University), and Read Schuchardt (Wheaton College), join Richard Clark (Christianity Today) for Living & Effective Episode 4: The Bible Goes Viral.

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