Martin Luther’s daring revolution: The Reformation 500 years on


On the eve of the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day, DW’s Klaus Krämer explains how Martin Luther’s publication of 95 Theses against so-called “indulgences” in the Catholic Church started a religious revolution.

09 BG Das erwartet uns im Oktober (Imago/epd)

Germany and the Protestant world is in the midst of the biggest “Reformation Festival” of all time. Since October 31, 2016, celebrations have been ongoing to mark the revolutionary events that began on that same day in 1517.

A little lesson in history: The monk Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) is frustrated by the Catholic’s Church practice of selling indulgences, which allows people to buy spiritual salvation. He finds the practice fundamentally wrong in terms of theology.

His Bible study has left him with the unshakeable realization that a sinful person who believes in an all-powerful and absolute God is made righteous in the eye’s of God through this very same belief and God’s mercy — and not through money and good works.

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