“Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.”

1. Martin Luther sparked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation when he posted his “Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” (more commonly known as “the “95 Theses”) on the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany on 31 October 1517.  In 1524-25, many peasants throughout the German states revolted against their noble landlords, often ransacking their homes, pillaging, and murdering.  It was their claim that people such as Martin Luther would support their violent actions.  Based on his “95 Theses,” did the peasants have reason to expect his support?  Why or why not?

SOURCE:  Luther, Martin.  “Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/274/pg274.html


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