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95 Theses – Martin Luther

95 Theses – Martin Luther

Oct 31, 2012

Widely regarded as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was a protest against abuses related to the sale of indulgences. Luther, a German monk, proposed that they violated the original intent of confession and penance. He argued that Christians were being falsely told that God’s punishment for sin could be avoided...

Diet of Worms

Diet of Worms

May 25, 2012

Diet of Worms The Diet of Worms lasted for nearly three months, beginning January 28, 1521 and ending May 25. Sounds appealing. A Diet in this case was a general assembly of the Imperial States of the Holy Roman Empire, and this particular Diet occurred in Worms, Germany. The assembly was presided over by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and was convened...