Has anyone else read this article:
I’m particularly concerned about the following section:
“For centuries, the Catholic Church had banned the direct reading of Scripture. But the Protestant Reformation, combined with the printing press, brought vernacular Bibles to everyday readers. What Protestants discovered was a narrative that reminded them of their sense of subjugation by the church and appealed to their dreams of a Utopian New World.”
If I remember correctly, the Catholic Church did NOT ban the direct reading of Scripture for “centuries” and the banned Scriptures were only certain Bibles that contained heresy or gross errors. The article definitely gives the impression that it was ALL Scripture.
Also, wasn’t the printing press invented BEFORE the Protestant Reformation? The paragraph also says the Reformation was responsible for vernacular Bibles, which I don’t think it the case.
What are the facts?