The printing press is what lead to the great awakening and enlightenment in Colonial America. With out the printing press the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints probably wouldn't have been able to get off the ground.<quoted text>
Good point. The printing press was the beginning of the end for religion. Probably the most important invention of the Renaissance, and maybe even the most inflential invention in history.
For a long period of the time truths in the Bible were considered liberating and many well educated men sacrificed their lives trying to give the general population access to it. Check out the story of William Tyndale.
There is a great article on the subject co-authored by my religion professor at this link http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/volume-12-number-...