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Happy Reformation Day!

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Here is a rare image of Martin Luther nailing a tract to the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany (the Million Dollar indulgence tract had not yet been invented). Shortly thereafter, he stood on a milkcrate and preached at traffic signals where he was castigated by other Christians for being too zealous.

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On October 31, 1517, one man did something outrageous: He challenged those who misrepresented the man who did something outrageously wonderful 2000 years ago.

Because of one man’s convictions, the rest of us have the privelege—and freedom—to tell others that they can go directly to God without charge or priest! The assumption is, of course, that people will tell others…

Read more about Reformation Day here:

(This is my edited version from Wikipedia) Reformation Day is a holiday celebrated in remembrance of the Reformation, particularly by Lutheran and Reformed church communities. It takes place on October 31 and is an official holiday in many countries. It coincides with Halloween, the eve before All Saints’ Day.

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences. This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church doors.

This was not an act of defiance or provocation as is sometimes thought. Since the Castle Church faced Wittenberg’s main thoroughfare, the church door functioned as a public bulletin board and was therefore the logical place for posting important notices. Nonetheless, the event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices. When Luther and his supporters were excommunicated in 1520, the Lutheran, Reformed and Anabaptist traditions were born.

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