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Religious Debates and the Fear of Print

Many people were apprehensive about the effects of easier access to the printed word and the wider circulation of books. They thought that if there is no control over the print technology, irreligious thoughts might spread among the people.

Martin Luther made use of the print technology for his Protestant movement. He said that ‘Printing is the ultimate gift of God and the greatest one.’ Several scholars are of the opinion that print brought about a new intellectual atmosphere and helped spread the new ideals that led to the Reformation.

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