The Reformation and The Information

A connection just occurred to me, between one of the contributors to the Reformation of the 16th century, and today’s “Information Age.”

One of the changes in society that led to the Reformation and rise of Protestantism was the idea that God and individuals needed no intermediary. With Bibles in the vernacular, printed copies reaching many more people and towns, people no longer needed priests to interpret the Word.

Today, the internet and the “information flood” have provided a similar change, this time allowing Information and individuals to interact without any intermediary (such as librarians).

Obviously, both concepts are overly simplified here – I just wanted to point out a striking similarity between Then, and Now. And an interesting contrast between God and Information.

And, history repeats itself?


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