Monday, October 10, 2011

The Long Arc of Mainline Protestantism and Print

At my Yale Divinity School reunion today, Rev. Henry Brinton, pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church, drew an interesting parallel.

As is well known, printed books and Protestant religion were born together.

Now, Mainline Protestantism and print journalism seem to be declining together.  Both are primarily the province of educated old people who like to get their information by reading.

This parallel was offered half seriously, but the group agreed there might be some meat in it.

1 comment:

dennistheeremite said...

I have sometimes wondered if Protestantism might prove to be a temporary movement (what is a few centuries here and there?). But maybe it is a manifestion of something older that has popped upon now and again; for instance in conciliarism.