Protestants mark 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses

Protestants mark 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses
Rev. Dr. Billy Graham preaches from Martin Luther's pulpit in the church in Wittenberg, Germany, 1982. (Image: Billy Graham via Twitter)

[Ed. – We’re in a period of interestingly significant anniversaries right now, which include Reformation Day — 31 Oct 1517 — along with the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on 2 November, and the Soviet Communist Revolution on 7 November.  These three events alone have incalculably affected the shape of our world.  Interesting that they are grouped so closely on the annual calendar.]

Reformation Day is Tuesday and it marks the anniversary of Martin Luther’s written critique of the Catholic church, including its selling of indulgences. As the story goes, Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517.

The German monk’s theses helped spark the Protestant Reformation, a pivotal moment in Christianity’s history. …

Didn’t he nail stuff to a door? It’s a subject of historical debate. Many experts believe he didn’t nail it to a door, at least not on Oct. 31, known as Reformation Day. He did send a written version of what we now call the 95 Theses to his superiors on or about that date. However, posting important notices on church doors was the community bulletin board of the time. “Whether he nailed it or mailed it, it was posted,” Nelson said.

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