Broadsheet of the 95 Theses

Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted his "Disputation on the Power of Indulgences". As we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this website seeks to provide context for this important document.

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Albrecht of Brandenburg

Were the 95 Theses Just Rich Nobles Fighting Over Money?

Drew Thomas   While it is not known for certain if Luther really nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, he did send a copy to his Archbishop, Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, in Magdeburg. However, although Albrecht was Archbishop of Magdeburg, he was also Archbishop of Mainz, a much more important position. When Albrecht […]

Luther as a monk

Augustinians vs. Dominicans: Were the 95 Theses Just Infighting Between Monks?

Drew Thomas Although often portrayed as a quickly unfolding event, it took a number of years for the Protestant Reformation to transform the religious and political identities of Europe. Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses Against Indulgences in 1517. He wasn’t declared a heretic and excommunicated until four years later in 1521. During that time many […]

Church Door

Did Martin Luther Really Nail the 95 Theses & Why On Halloween?

Drew Thomas   As the legend goes, on October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Saxony. But did he? And if he did, why on Halloween? Let’s find out. Did Luther really nail the 95 Theses to the […]

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