Ninety-five theses, propositions for debate concerned with the question of indulgences, written (in latin) and possibly posted by martin luther on the door of the schlosskirche (castle church), wittenberg, on october 31, 1517. The ninety-five theses of martin luther that sparked the protestant reformation, in english and latin with historical information the ninty-five theses of martin luther (1517) home theology topics historical theology christian creeds this page. Ninety-five theses for the twenty-first century church #1 trinitarian monotheism is the distinctive and indispensable christian concept of god in contrast to the monadic monotheism of judaism and islam, the christian faith recognizes god as essentially one being who eternally exists in three persons – father, son, and holy spirit – a tri.
Luther's ninety-five theses, 1517 at the heart of martin luther's argument in the ninety-five theses and in his later writings, was the belief that christian salvation through personal piety requires a sense of contrition for sins and trust in god's mercy. The 95 theses, which would later become the foundation of the protestant reformation, were written in a remarkably humble and academic tone, questioning rather than accusing the overall thrust of the document was nonetheless quite provocative.
The 95 theses out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the reverend father martin luther, master of arts and sacred theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. The ninety-five theses or disputation on the power of indulgences is a list of propositions for an academic disputation written in 1517 by martin luther, professor of moral theology at the university of wittenberg, germany, that started the reformation, a schism in the catholic church which profoundly changed europe. Ninety-five theses definition, the theses of luther against the sale of indulgences in the roman catholic church, posted by him on the door of a church in wittenberg, october 31, 1517 see more.
Nevertheless, papal remission and blessing are by no means to be disregarded, for they are, as i have said (thesis 6), the proclamation of the divine remission it is very difficult, even for the most learned theologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people the bounty of indulgences and the need of true contrition.
The ninety-five theses of martin luther: 1517-1967 robert e mcnally, sj fordham university on octobe 3r1 of this year western christianity observes the 450th anniversary of the publication of the ninety-five theses on the power and efficacy of indulgences to be defended publicly by dr.
Luther wrote the ninety-five thesis with deference to the leadership of the pope however, he had challenged the authority of the pope to offer the sale of indulgences in a charged political climate, it was seen by some as an attack on the papacy and therefore on the church.