Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day!

We didn't have as many trick-or-treaters this year, so that was a bit of a letdown, but in other news on Oct. 31, in 1517 the Protestant Reformation gets a kickstart, when Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Here is Dr. Jonas' post on the subject:

Friday, October 31, 2008
Thank You Martin Luther!
On this evening, exactly 491 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The "95 Theses" concerned the sale of indulgences (forgiveness of sin in return for a certain amount of money) which, given his shift in theology, particularly his doctrine of salvation, Luther thought was reprehensible.

I have sort of resisted saying that this act "started" the Reformation because I usually like to give some credit to "pre-Reformation" reformers like Hus and Wycliffe. Nevertheless, Luther's protest against the sale of indulgences was the spark that was needed that set off the powder-keg in the 16th century called the Reformation.

And so, this evening, I think it is good to remember and celebrate the life and work of this great man, Martin Luther!

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