Print Culture & Modern World (C10)

"Print created the possibility of wide circulation of ideas and introduced a new world of debate and discussion." Analyse the statement in the context of religion in Europe.

Answer

Print created the possibility of wide circulation of ideas:

Due to print creation, those people who disagreed with established authorities could not print and circulate their ideas. Though the printed message they could persuade people to think differently. This had significance in different spheres of life. Not everyone welcomed the printed books and those who did also had fears about it.

Many were apprehensive of the effects that the easier access to the printed books could have on people’s mind. It was feared that if there was no control over what was printed and read then rebellious and irreligious thoughts might spread.