Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Reformation day

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses which he nailed to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

The reason for this 'nailing' is indeed a rather logical one, ie., when people had something of substance to say, they posted their ideas on the church door. Such a 'space' had also a public function.

The 95 Theses treat the practice of indulgences.

On this Halloween day, Martin Luther posted his thesis on the church door. I don't think he was in 'costume' or 'character' when he did so.

4 comments:

dave said...

And what a nailing that was!

Bri said...

Many seem to read him in a rather heroic way, however, I tend to think that he actually behaved in a rather rule-following fashion and the nailing of the theses was not an act of rebellion per se....

liam. said...

many see luther as extremely progressive and somewhat a revolutionary, and i suppose in some anachronistic way, he is, but honestly, lutheranism isn't that much different from catholicism. that said, i suppose antisemites such as martin luther and henry ford have their place in heroicised history...

Bri said...

Right. And as I always say, this is the danger of dehistoricized, sensationalized, and decontextualized interpretations of history and literature.