In October, 2017 we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Lutherís nailing of his "95 Theses" for debate, to the doors of Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany.

The Protestant Reformation, often referred to simply as the Reformation was a split from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther and continued by John Calvin, John Knox and other early Protestant Reformers in 16th century Europe.

Although there had been significant earlier attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church before Luther - such as those of John Wycliffe and others - Martin Luther is widely acknowledged to have started the Reformation with his 1517 work "The Ninety-Five Theses". Luther began by criticizing the selling of indulgences, insisting that the Pope had no authority over purgatory and that the Catholic doctrine of the merits of the saints had no foundation in the gospel. Indulgences were sold to the followers of the Roman Catholic Church. People bought these in hope that God would forgive them for their sins.

 


 

        

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