The Ninety-Five Theses

What were the Ninety-Five Theses about? What was the basic message of Luther’s complaint?

The Ninety-Five Theses were a series of notes posted on the door way of the Catholic Church one night in 1517 by Martin Luther. The Theses weren’t about just one thing, the were about multiple. The first few Theses were about,

“repentance as the Christian’s inner struggle with sin rather than the external system of sacramental confession” -Wikipedia

The next few were about how the pope cannot forgive people of sins, only God can. In Theses 14-29, Luther discusses Purgatory and disproves the churches pervious thoughts. In Theses 41-47, he speaks of the way Christians should be taught. As a whole, the Theses were about the truth on the matter of Christianity. Martin Luther was disproving all of the lies that the church had spat out. I believe the basic message of Luther’s complaint was this; what you believe is wrong and you have no authority to do the things you do.

Western Civ 2, Lesson 5



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