Tuesday, October 31, 2017

500 Years Ago Today

 Martin Luther had hoped to reform the Catholic Church from the inside. Instead, the 95 theses this monk nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany sparked the protestant reformation, a movement which has grown and diversified over the past five centuries.

For those of us who are protestant this is a birthday celebration. It is the story of our brands of Christianity. It's had it's challenges, it's heresies, it's hiccoughs. But overall it is the story of a struggle to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and to bring him to our communities. We share that mission with Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, but today is our day to celebrate our own heritage.

For those who have a historical bent, here are some links:

Luther's 95 Theses

Women Leaders of the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation

500 Years of Protestant Christianity

For everyone else, celebrate with us!

And have a blessed Reformation Day!


  1. I'm interested in all religions. I have trouble keeping them straight though. Thank you for this bit of info. I'm presently reading Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain.


    1. Thomas Merton is a great voice for Catholics, and all Christians. I haven't read that book yet. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I'm glad someone posted about this. I do celebrate Reformation Day. I much prefer it to Halloween.

  3. As the years go by, it seems like the true meaning of holidays are forgotten. I'm sure the majority of people don't even know this information. I love looking back in history.

  4. Happy 500th! Are you going to re-enact it and post your grievances on a nearby church?

    1. I think I'll skip that part... though I do enjoy historical re-enactment. :)