Abilene professor talks 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's "95 Theses"


ABILENE, Texas - Tuesday marked the 500th anniversary of a major moment in Christianity, when Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of a cathedral in Wittenburg, Germany. Historians say it marked a turning point in 16th Century Christianity.

Luther wrote the theses as a way to express his frustrations with the church. His main point was that it was wrong for people to "buy indulgences" or "buy salvation".

"Back then, that was the revolutionary idea that the 95 Theses sparked, and that's what changed Western Christianity then because eventually, the church is going to split over that idea and that begins the birth of Protestantism," said Dr. Kelly Pigott, a professor of church history at Hardin-Simmons University.

Pigott says the Theses would not have spread as far and wide as they did had it not been for the invention of the printing press 77 years earlier.

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