Ninety-five Theses by Martin Luther

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by Martin Luther

Non-fiction Religious Reformation Critique of the Catholic Church Theology Indulgences

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Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgence, better known as Ninety-five Theses, is a list of propositions for scholarly debate written by Martin Luther in 1517. It is a document of vital importance since it laid the foundations of Protestantism and initiated the split in the Catholic Church.

The theses proposed by Luther were opposed to certain activities and attitudes of the Catholic Church with which he disagreed and which he labeled as corruption. An example is the sale of plenary indulgences.

Divine salvation was easier for the rich, even if they did wrong or were corrupt, since with their money they bought forgiveness and it was not necessary to be penitent or devout.

Martin Luther is opposed to the Pope being able to grant penance to the deceased, since they are freed from canon laws, and that it should be the deeds in life and good deeds that decide whether a person enters heaven or hell, and not the payment of a penance.

This edition of the book Ninety-five Theses is based on the translation by Adolph Spaeth, L.D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et al., Trans. and is from the Philadelphia edition: A. J. Holman Company, 1915.


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