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.
And what a nailing that was!
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....
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...
Right. And as I always say, this is the danger of dehistoricized, sensationalized, and decontextualized interpretations of history and literature.
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