Sunday, 7 August 2011

Christians ahead of the technology curve

I was aware the Bible played a significant role in the development of the book format—the change from scrolls to spine and pages. But apparently Christians were at the forefront of using the newly invented codex for several centuries.
The codex was invented in the late first century AD. Christians may not have invented it, but they were the first ones to popularize it. For the first five centuries AD, eighty percent of all Christian books were on a codex while only twenty percent of all non-Christian books were written on a codex. For the first time in Christian history, followers of Christ were ahead of the technological curve!
Christians were not just taking advantage of advancing technology for the sake of evangelism, but for their own sake.

2 comments:

  1. hmmm, there must be plenty of other examples where Christian have been ahead of the tech curve... certainly in terms of discovery the Newton's of this world are examples, nevertheless the real test is in how anyone uses technology huh!

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  2. TMYU, Yes. Read Rodney Stark's books. He identifies a lot of technology that Christians invented!

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