Ideas and writings — even the Gutenberg Bible — traveled slowly in Luther’s time
. (University of Texas via AP)

Jonathan Kay, a freelance writer based in Toronto, is a former engineer,
lawyer and editor of the Walrus.

A simplified version of the Reformation that many people hold in
their heads typically goes something like this: Disgusted by the
corrupt sale of indulgences, Martin Luther rose up against the
practices of the Roman Catholic Church. And thanks to Johannes
Gutenberg’s printing press, he was able to get his message out
quickly and widely. In this way, the historical anniversary we
observe this week is as much about a communications revolution
as it is about a phase shift in Christian theology.
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“Luther in Hell,” by Egbert van Heemskerk the Younger (1676-1744). CreditHeritage Images/Getty Images