Concordia Theological Monthly

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95 theses, luther, volz, controversy, reformation, catholic church

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Less than 10 years ago a discussion began over the posting of Luther's Ninety-five Theses, some doubting that it actually took place on the traditional day of October 31, 1517, some going so far as to contend that the posting never happened and is only a legend. Ten years ago, in the summer of 1957 at the Lutheran World Federation Meeting in Minneapolis, I was one of those who saw a young Sunday school teacher, impersonating Luther, on a float in a parade vigorously nail a copy of the Ninety-five Theses on a stage door depicting the one of Wittenberg. None of us who witnessed this spectacle had the faintest idea that in the course of the next 10 years the posting of these Theses would become so hot a subject of discussion in academic circles and be so vehemently contested as is the case.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars