The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power & Efficacy of Indulgences
The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of
Indulgences, commonly known as The Ninety-Five Theses,
were written by Martin Luther in 1517 and are widely regarded as the primary
catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Luther used these theses to display his
displeasure with some of the Church's clergy's abuses, most notably the sale of
indulgences; this ultimately g
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Martin Luther's 95 Theses was a hydrogen bomb hurled straight at the Papacy. Written right at the time that the Gutenberg printing press was enabling the massive dissemination of dangerous ideas, this short but incendiary argument against the abuses of the Church and its cynical hucksterism turned a minor theologian that Pope Leo once casually dismissed as a drunken German into a lightning rod revolutionary whose excommunication was guaranteed.
When Luther wrote it, the Church was spending the mo ...more
It should be noted that the pope as well as the church used this scam as a fund-raiser to renovate St. Peter's Basilica.
Truth be told, this read is only so-so for me, but I posthumously give Luther a ...more
These are some of my favorite: 3, 23, 24, 27, 28, 32, 43, 44, 45, 53, 54, 62, 86
The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.
¶ Docendi sunt Christiani. quod si Papa nosset exactiones venialium predicatorum mallet Basilicam s(ancti) Petri in cineres ire: quam edificari. cute carne et ossibus ouium suarum.
¶ Docendi sunt Christiani. quod Papa sicut debet ita vellet. etiam vendita (si opus sit) Basilicam s(ancti) Petri: de suis pecunijs dare illis: a quorum plurimis quidam contionatores veniarum pecuniam eliciunt.
Îmi plac în mod special aceste două teze. Pentru că Legea e făcută pentru oameni, nu oamenii pentru L ...more
Some of Martin's word choices were just funny, eg. Thesis 27: "They preach mad who say that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul ...more
Still, lot's of outdated terms aside, the idea that you should just be a decent person and you just can't buy your way into decency. Good and evil are really terms of a bygone age. you can have a real sh**-stain of a person who can make the world a much better with money, or developing technologies, or medicines. So, in that respect Luther be damned. But on a personal level, his words still speak true.
Also, "And thus be confident of ent ...more
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Luther's theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood. According ...more