Write briefly why some people feared that the development of print could lead to the growth of dissenting ideas.
People feared that the development of print could lead to the growth of dissenting ideas because print and popular literature encouraged many distinctive interpretations of religious faith and ideas. Menocchio, a miller in Italy, gave a new interpretation of the Bible and formulated a view of God and creation that enraged the Roman Catholic Church. As a result, he was hauled up twice and ultimately executed when the Roman Church began its inquisition to repress heretical ideas. Troubled by such incident, the Roman Catholic Church imposed severe controls over publishers and book-sellers, and began to maintain an Index of Prohibited Books from 1558.