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A man of his words

How William Tyndale shaped our world

It is said that Erasmus of Rotterdam laid the eggs that Martin Luther hatched. You could also say that Luther sowed the seeds for the crop that William Tyndale harvested.

Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament is one of the most important books ever written. The accident of history that made English the language of two great empires—the British and American—has meant it is his Bible that has carried Luther’s message around the world. His New Testament formed more than 93 per cent of the King James Bible of 1611. And yet Tyndale, who was executed in Antwerp in 1536, gained little credit until recently.

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In Prospect’s January 2018 issue: Five writers attempt to plot the impending advances in shopping, politics, sex, food and computing through 2018. James Plunkett looks at shopping and explains how personalised prices will hand even more power to the big companies; Theo Bertram outlines why political volatility is here to stay and what it means for us; Kate Devlin argues that sex robots are only a part of the impending sexual revolution; Stephanie Boland outlines why we’ll all end up eating lab grown food; and Jay Elwes explains the next steps in our computing quantum leap. Elsewhere in the issue: Dani Rodrik uncovers the truth behind the great globalisation lie—there were always going to be losers, Iona Craig delves into the war in Yemen—the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, Chris Tilbury explains why Britain urgently needs a plan for its failing prisons
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