Pen, Print, or Pixels: A Short History of Christian Publishing

Sunday, 01 Jul 2018

“It’s no small thing that one of the primary ways God chose to disclose himself is through the written word. The Gospel of John says, ‘These things were written that you might believe’ (John 20:31), meaning that the word has to be read or heard in order to be believed and preserved.”
I used to think that the mild euphoria I experienced while visiting antiquarian bookstores was induced by my fascination with the artistry and craftsmanship that came from an era when book publishing was an art form. I still marvel at the well-preserved leather covers, illuminated pages, well-rounded Smyth-sewn spine, and marbled fore-edge of these old volumes. After reading Ellen Warren’s Chicago Tribune article “Could It Be That Old Books Are Really, Uh, Mind-altering?” (September 21, 1996), I realized there might be another source for that “buzz.” In her article, Ms. Warren notes: Experts ...

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