Luther's Ninety-five Theses

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Historical Context Note

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther reportedly nailed his list of “Ninety-five Theses” to the church door in Wittenberg. The theses were primarily intended as propositions for university debate on the Catholic practice of granting indulgences for sins committed, and their implication was the need for church reform. The theses were soon widely distributed and did more than any other single document to give shape and point to the Reformation. For further information please see our entry on Martin Luther in the People table.

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Editors. "Luther's Ninety-five Theses". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 January 2008
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Related Groups

  1. Religious Reform, Protestants, Dissenters