Sunday, January 24, 2010

CI literacy in remote corners

When CI isn't mainstream but you know it's worth it...

This is from a description of how literacy developed in mid 1500's England as the result of the first English Bible becoming available in print following the martyrdom of William Tyndale who was responsible for much of this. CI will perhaps always be led and practiced by passionate people in remote corners who grasp its value as an article of faith. Also interesting metaphor for CI literacy and how it grows when people see the light for themselves.

“It was a wonderful thing to see. Whoever possessed the means, bought the book and read it or had it read to him by others. Aged persons learnt their letters in order to study the...scriptures. In many places there were meetings for reading; poor people dubbed their savings together and purchased a (copy), and then in some remote corner of the church, they formed a modest circle, and read (it) between them. A crowd of men, women, and young folks, disgusted with the barren pomp of the altars, and with the worship of dumb images, would gather round them to taste the precious promises...God himself spoke under the arched roofs of those old chapels or time-worn cathedrals, where for generations nothing had been heard but masses and litanies.” (History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin, pub 1880 by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne)

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