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June 29, 2006


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It sound like Jacobs picked a lousy example to support his argument and that Lewis oversimplified history. The reformation is usually dated to the sixteenth century, but it developed over time, it didn't just erupt. It was preceeded by the Hussite Wars that started at least twenty years before the introduction of the printing press into Europe. At any rate, religious disputes were always as likely to be resolved through force of arms or treachery as reasoned discussion. Without the printing press, the Protestant leaders and the Catholic Church wouldnt have peacefully resolved their differences, although it's possible that the Protestants wouldn't have attracted the following to sucessfully defy the Church.

Though I agree with the gist of the article, I'm surprised that Jacobs undercut his argument with such a dubious example, even if it came from C.S. Lewis.

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