Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Lest we forget...

It was 484 years ago today that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door at the Wittenberg Church. That act has traditionally been considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The first thesis says...

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, "Repent" (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

Since these only represent Luther's thought up to October 31, 1517, they do not all reflect seasoned Reformational positions (he appears to assume Purgatory exists, for instance), yet they make good reading and in many cases ought still to be taken to heart. Luther is one of the most entertaining theologians you'll ever read, his language is vivid and to the point. His cleverly turned phrases accomplish what take others pages and pages to say. Luther may be the only theologian who has made me laugh out loud while reading him in a when he calls the Pope a goat or refers derogatorily to the book of James as "Jimmy". In any case, do yourself a favor and read through the 95 Theses, and if that's not challenging enough for you then read through them in Latin.

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