Sunday, October 31, 2004

October 31st, 1517

It is altogether fitting to remember Martin Luther and the Wittenburg Door, on a blog.

Here's to you Marty. CBS will never be the same!

October 31st, 1517: "It was October 31st, 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany.
Martin grasped a hammer and a long piece of paper covered with his writing. He walked out into the street and straight over to the castle church door. It was here that community messages were often posted.
Martin nailed his 95 points of discussion on the door. He only wanted to lay out his newly discovered views of the Bible to other church leaders in the Medieval Catholic church. He thought he was free to do so even though his thoughts were radical. After all, he was an Augustinian monk and a professor of theology.

Without his knowledge someone printed his words on the newly invented Gutenburg press, distributing it all over Germany. Within a very few days, Martin found that he was the subject of everyone's thoughts. In the cathedrals and great stone castles of his homeland, the pubs and peasant's cottages; everyone was talking about the views of Luther. Without a signal to announce it, the Protestant Reformation had begun!"

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