Technology, Reformation and the Future of Church

Technology, Reformation, and the future of Church

A lecture given by the Revd Dr Dan Inman

Date:Thursday 22 February 2018 at 10am - 12 noon
Venue:Ludlow Mascall Centre
Cost:£8 (including coffee during a mid lecture break

The seismic shifts in the political and religious constitution of the Latin West, from Luther's 95 theses in 1517 to the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648, are widely considered to have been influenced in no small part by Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in 1450. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that the vast increase in the number of Bibles that were suddenly available to Europeans in their own language by the beginning of the sixteenth century was the cause, rather than the outcome, of the Reformation. Certainly, Gutenberg's invention transformed communication across
Europe and helped the otherwise minor figure of Martin Luther to kick-start a revolution in how Europeans thought about God, the Church and what it meant to be human.

In our own day, we are beginning to sense the variety of ways in which the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 is not dissimilarly revolutionising our political and religious landscapes. In this lecture, Dan Inman considers how technology bound Europeans together against the Church in the sixteenth century and how technology in our own day is transforming how people are ‘religious' and what this means for the future of the Church and ecumenism.

The Rev Dr Dan Inman is the Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Chichester. Before this, he was Chaplain and Junior Research Fellow of The Queen's College in Oxford, and is the author of The Making of Modern English Theology: God and the Academy at Oxford, 1833-1945.

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