Marissa Iden Mrs. Poe
January 17, 2012
I strongly believe that the printing press benefited The Reformation more than the exploration of the seas and other countries. Well, my opinion might make a little bit more sense if you had some background information on the printing press. The printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany around 1450. His invention became an evolution of human communication. The Reformation was the reform of the Catholic Church. The constant disagreement made some people branch off into what we call the Protestant religion. The exploration is just what it sounds like. It was the exploration of the seas (Background Essay). Once again I believe the printing press benefited the Reformation more than the exploration.
Clearly, the printing press was important to The Reformation but also to the exploration. For example, Christopher Columbus discovered a shorter route to India in 1493 but he actually discovered the Americas. The letter that he sent to the king was printed on the printing press and inspired many young sailors like Cabot and Marco Polo (Doc. B). The printing press also benefited the exploration by giving people a better view of the world by printing maps. The exploration was an important consequence of the invention of the printing press because it helped people see the world in a whole new way (Doc. E).
Exploration was a very important consequence of the printing press but I believe that The Reformation was more important. The Reformation was a disagreement between Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, and the Catholic Church. He was unhappy that his church was letting people pay off their sins and buy grants of salvation for the afterlife. Luther’s goal was to stir up a debate by using the printing press to print his 95 Theses, or complaints about the church. The word of his Theses spread throughout ...
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