The Flickering of the Flame: The Reformation and the Printing Press

Monday, April 27, 2020

During one of his 'Table Talks' Martin Luther said that 'printing is God’s ultimate and greatest gift. Indeed through printing God wants the whole world, to the ends of the earth, to know the roots of true religion and wants to transmit it in every language. Printing is the last flicker of the flame that glows before the end of this world.' In this lecture, PJ Carefoote, the head of the University of Toronto's Rare Books and Special Collections department, builds upon the exhibition he curated for the Fisher in 2017 that focused on how Luther was prescient, and understood how printed text would become one of the most important instruments lighting the way into the modern era.

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