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Reformation Day – Historical Halloween Happenings

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Firstly, this is my Halloween post in advance! Secondly, I am no historian so check the facts in a few sources.

The 31st of October is also Reformation Day to commemorate the actions of Martin Luther sparked by another drive to sell (indirectly via alms giving) indulgences by the Pope. I find Luther an interesting character but more interesting how the politics of Europe at the time, moved around him in support and refutation of his ideas. It is also important to remember protestations against the rule of the Popes and Rome have a long history prior to Luther. Despite his prominence, Luther is selectively referenced due to some ‘Catholic’ practises and apparent anti-Semitic views.

There is much to record in his pivotal life that cannot be covered here. So embedded below is Chapter 9 from Foxes Book of Martyrs which is a short account of Luther’s life. You can get the entire audio book for free here. I should warn you some of the other chapters get a bit grizzly!

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs – Chapter 9 Martin Luther by daftspaniel

As a closing insight on what sparked Luther’s protest, indulgences, it must be noted that they are still on the go today though abuse has been much reduced since the Counter Reformation. Here’s a link on the BBC from the current Pope on indulgences at Lourdes. This is not buying forgiveness of sins but avoiding temporal punishment. For me, this is still an abuse of their followers and still an example of chequebook spirituality.


Written by daftspaniel

October 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

Posted in Christian, History

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  1. most of the time i listen to audiobooks while surfing the net, i love to multitask he he ‘

    Water Cooler :

    October 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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