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Most Christians have not thought seriously about how Biblical writings were preserved They can easily secure copies of the Bible and suppose that it has always been so Like all other blessings however this one should not be taken for granted Men have died so that the Bible might be preserved translated and published Baugh and Cable 1993 Even in our day in certain countries of the world the Scriptures are scarce The history of the preservation of the Bible can be divided into two periods-before the invention of printing and after During the 1400s three historical events were of inestimable benefit to the modern world Columbus in 1492 discovered the New World The introduction of printing press in England in 1476 And in 1493 Martin Luther the founder of the Protestant Reformation was born These three things had a profound effect on the English language and its development throughout the modern world Colonization brought increased use of English as the native tongue This increased the use of English which is important because a language is only as important as the power it has William Caxton followed in the foot steps of Johann Gutenberg who invented the printing press in 1456 and brought it to England This was of great influence to the English language because Caxton used the current speech of London in his numerous translations and books This helped stabilize the language and assured rapid adoption of London English throughout world Baugh and Cable 1993 The Protestant Reformation challenged the Catholic Popes authority Luther believed that people could be saved only through faith in Jesus Christ His view on religion placed a person directly before God trusting Him and relying on His forgiving grace This doctrine of justification by faith in Christ alone was the heart of Luthers beliefs It contradicted the churchs teaching of grace and good works as a way to salvation This brought great tension between the common people
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