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    https://www.thelocal.de/20191031/12-...-martin-luther

    1. The legend of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church is just that, a legend

    "The story goes that Luther stormed up to the Castle Church in Wittenburg, hammer in hand, and nailed his incendiary document to the front door. While this is a fittingly forceful image for the start of a religious movement which has violently shaped European history, several scholars have agreed that there is little evidence to suggest this dramatic gesture ever took place.

    There were apparently no eye-witnesses and according to the New Yorker, Martin Luther himself seemed unclear on what he actually did to spread his 95 Theses, apart from sending them to the local archbishop."

    What do Lutherans believe about this story?

  • #2
    The citation for that piece of misinformation is a third hand account of another third hand, non-cited source. When you get to do ninth grade level research and above, the teacher flunks you for not having the primary, or secondary sources. .

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    • #3
      Originally posted by dberrie2000 View Post
      https://www.thelocal.de/20191031/12-...-martin-luther

      1. The legend of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church is just that, a legend

      "The story goes that Luther stormed up to the Castle Church in Wittenburg, hammer in hand, and nailed his incendiary document to the front door. While this is a fittingly forceful image for the start of a religious movement which has violently shaped European history, several scholars have agreed that there is little evidence to suggest this dramatic gesture ever took place.

      There were apparently no eye-witnesses and according to the New Yorker, Martin Luther himself seemed unclear on what he actually did to spread his 95 Theses, apart from sending them to the local archbishop."

      What do Lutherans believe about this story?
      The historical debate is whether or not Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door or mailed them out to ecclesiastical superiors. See this blog entry for an overview of this debate and its key players.

      "He that has ever so little examined the citations of writers cannot doubt how little credit the quotations deserve when the originals are wanting"

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      • john tango
        john tango commented
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        Nice sig line! Too bad that certain posters are spamming unsupportable and third hand sources. I noted that on another thread.

        Seems as if they are expecting us Christians to follow their derailing red herrings in an insipid effort to get the topic of Mormonism off the board, and redirect it so that the Christians waste their time, and not discuss Mormonism.

    • #4
      Thanks, Tert. Maybe Luther did both--affixed the 95 theses to the church door of Wittenburg university, AND mailed a few copies to the local Church authorities. At any rate, no matter what happened, the rest, as they say, is history.
      "It is easy to fool a man, but almost impossible to get him to admit he was fooled." (attributed to Mark Twain)

      "If the truth hurts--it's working." (Anonymous)

      "Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave." (Martin Luther)

      "A layman who has the Scripture is more than Pope or council without it."
      (Martin Luther)

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      • #5
        Originally posted by Tertiumquid View Post
        The historical debate is whether or not Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door or mailed them out to ecclesiastical superiors. See this blog entry for an overview of this debate and its key players.
        Thanks for that reply. It's an interesting debate---but I don't believe if Luther did or did not attach it to any door, or by what means-- has any theological implications, other than what was contained in that document.

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