The Puritan influence on the press – Marvin Olasky

MEDIA | Christian belief and the 325th anniversary of American newspapers

Source: WORLD | The Puritan influence on the press | Marvin Olasky | Sept. 26, 2015

Public-Occurences-1690I found this brief online article at World magazine (posted Sept.26, 2015) to be interesting not only because of its historical significance but also because of its spiritual significance.The Puritans understood the true nature of news reporting, and America’s first public newspaper showed that.

There are few newspapers and magazines that still understand that, but World is one of them.

Here is what Marvin Olasky wrote about this special 325th newspaper anniversary:

Several publications yesterday noted that Sept. 25 was the 325th anniversary of the publication in 1690 Boston of America’s first newspaper, Publick Occurrences: Both Forreign and Domestick. None of the reports I saw gave the theological context, though. Publications in the 17th century usually put out only news that would make the king or his officials look good, but New England Puritans encouraged the reporting of bad news because they saw everything, good and bad, as a message from God.

Find the rest of Olasky’s commentary at the World link above.

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