In the New Testament, John 1:1 begins with the poetic statement "in the beginning was the Word..." Actually I take some exception with the author because it seems to me that mankind probably started communicating with grunts, followed by a lot of pointing, then pictures drawn with sticks on the ground then onto the walls of caves with charcoal. Words came much later.
But, I yield to the authority of St. John and the impression that words (whether inspired by God or spewed forth by man) are important!
One instructional technique used by the early Roman church for christian instruction required listening to lessons taught in Latin. Only a few in northern Europe could understand. Most everyone would sit in church and observe images found in carved statues, stained glass windows or icons on pictures. Only when common people began to read in their own language was a movement ignited intent on reforming the church.
Another blog is being published today by the Moravian Church. The art supplementing this blog is a very VERY simple sketch, meant to illustrate the beginning of the reformation by reading to the children.
I had planned to refine this sketch with much more detail. But those who saw it and heard my description say "don't you dare!" They argue the scene, obviously not yet fully formed, perfectly describes the intent of the moment and the beginning of the reformation." Perhaps you agree.