The Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences
Selling Indulgences is wrong!
Come buy Indulgences to rid of your sins to the Lord.
Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and efficacy of Indulgences
Martin Luther (born November 10th 1483) grew up to become a monk for the Catholic Church after promising the saints. He later became a very successful priest, Theology professor and later initiated the protestant reformation in Germany, which spread through Europe.
The Catholic Church should not have such authority over us.
God is the only one who has the power to forgive our sins.
In the 16th Century, by order of Pope Leo, the Catholic Church was to sell indulgences to raise money to rebuild the Basilica of St Peter. Martin Luther believed this was wrong.
How dare he go against the church.
The Diet of Worms
'I cannot and will not recant anything - to against conscience is neither right nor safe'
On October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed what today is know as the '95 Theses' to the door of Wittenberg's Church. This addressed Martins belief that selling Indulgences to the public was wrong.
Martin Luther came to believe that the Church should not hold such authority over peoples everyday lives. Martins movement and messages spread through all of Europe and became quite popular and so began the protestant reformation.
When Martin Luther faced members of the Holy Roman Empire during the 'Diet of Worms' Luther was given the choice of revoking his claims or risk excommunication and possibly Heresy. Although he faced the option of death, Martin stood by his claims.
The Catholic Church began to loose power and control amongst the community, nobles and rulers gained status, whilst peasants tried to use the reformation as a time to gain freedom and status but failed. Martin Luther was a reformer until his death on the 18th of February 1546, in his home town