Early Christians were early adopters of emerging technologies. They were quick to embrace the codex, which allowed for (to use modern terms) more efficient data storage and transfer. The books that would form the Bible were easier to study and transport in codices than in scrolls. Advances in road making, ship making, and navigation powered the earliest missionaries in their efforts to carry the gospel to new lands—just as advances in steamships, railroads, and aviation would power waves of missionaries centuries later.
Storytelling technologies, in particular, have always been essential tools in the redemption of the world. There was the printing press, of course. But in medieval times, there were also illuminated manuscripts and stained glass that brought biblical stories to life for the illiterate majorities. More recently, evangelists such as D. L. Moody, Billy Sunday, and Billy Graham reached millions through radio and television broadcasts. And the Jesus film has been an extraordinary evangelistic tool.
I have often wondered: If Graham had founded Christianity Today here in the 21st century, what would it look like? How might it leverage today’s technologies? CT started as a print magazine. It remains a print magazine we love. It is also more.
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