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 […]

Selling Indulgences

What Are Indulgences?

Drew Thomas     Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses started the Protestant Reformation, which led to the fracturing of the Roman Catholic Church and the creation of many Protestant denominations. The actual title of Martin Luther’s famous Ninety-Five Theses, posted in 1517, was A Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. It was a set of ninety-five statements arguing against what […]

Broadsheet of the 95 Theses

What Are Theses?

Drew Thomas   In many high school history classes, Martin Luther’s nailing of his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door in Wittenberg is depicted as a courageous act of defiance against the authority of the Pope in Rome. However, in reality, it was quite the opposite. One of the reasons this portrayal is so pervasive is because […]

Martin Luther

Who Was Martin Luther?

Drew Thomas Most people have likely heard the name Martin Luther. If you can’t recall exactly who he was, I guarantee you’ve heard of the Lutheran Church or Martin Luther King, Jr. So if you don’t know the person, you’re at least familiar with his legacy.   Luther was an Augustinian monk in the Catholic […]

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Luther’s Theses Launch!

Drew Thomas Today, 29 June 2017 marks the 95-day countdown to 31 October, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Across the world, communities, museums, universities, and churches are preparing for this momentous event. In the United States, large art exhibitions have taken place at many of the nation’s top museums, featuring items on loan from […]