wittenberg remixed: nailing some more theses?
These theses largely protested clerical abuses in the Catholic Church at the time, in particular the dealing of indulgences and issues around papal authority.
e.g. Thesis 86:
“Why does the pope, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus,** build the basilica of Saint Peter with the money of poor believers rather than with his own money?”
This event is thought by many to have been the initial spark for the Protestant Reformation.
Should we continue to reform?
This is a particularly relevant question in light of the New Reformed movement, which is coming largely out of America, with it’s zeal for Reformation theology.
If the Church should be reforming, what areas do you think it should be focusing on? Why?
* For those interested it is also the day that Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy (1922), and also the day George W. Bush signed an executive order restoring Libyan government immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing pending compensation cases (2008). It is also Vanilla Ice’s birthday (1968).
** Marcus Licinius Crassus was considered the richest man in Roman history.
Posted on October 31, 2011, in Church/Ecclesiology, Mission, Theology and tagged 1517, 31st October, 95 Theses, Catholic Church, Martin Luther, Protestant Reformation, Reformation, Wittenberg. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.