On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, a set of theological theses for academic debate. His famous 95 Theses are taken at least symbolically as the start of the Protestant Reformation.
Five hundred years later, those same theses will be the focus of a program at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The speaker will be Walter Moore, FSU religion professor emeritus, who 50 years ago did his doctoral dissertation on Protestant-Catholic relations in the 16th century.
You’re invited to Moore’s presentation, “Young Martin Luther: Reflections on the Human Context of the 95 Theses,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at St. Stephen, 2198 N. Meridian Road.
Moore, who has presented previous programs at St. Stephen, will focus on events surrounding a dramatic encounter called the Leipzig Disputation. Sparks flew when Luther and fellow theologian Johann Eck squared off over such topics as papal primacy and the infallibility of church councils.
This peek behind the scenes at the context surrounding the 95 Theses is free and open to the public. It’s expected to last roughly 90 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.
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