Martin Luther and the 95 Theses

95thsesIn 1517, Martin Luther ┬ánailed the 95 Theses to the doors of the church in Wittenberg. Luther in his Theses presents a case against nepotism, simony, usury, pluralism, and the sale of indulgences. However, his argument was mostly focused against indulgences and how Christians are justified by faith (for information on what a indulgence is click here). What is interesting about Martin Luther is that he did not simply want to reform the usage of indulgences he wanted to abolish them altogether. Right away no one emerged to debate Martin Luther on the 95 Theses, but due to the a new invention called the printing press Luther’s work spread like wild fire throughout Germany. In 1519, Luther finally was debated by a man named John Eck. However, Luther found that he was ill-prepared for this debate and was unhappy with the quality of which he preformed. Although Martin Luther was still working through his ideas, he certainly brought about the start of the protestant reformation.

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