Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences

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Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (Latin: Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum)

"The Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences are a list of propositions for an academic disputation written in 1517 by Martin Luther, professor of moral theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, that started the Reformation, a schism in the Catholic Church which profoundly changed Europe. They advance Luther’s positions against what he saw as abusive practices by preachers selling plenary indulgences, which were certificates believed to reduce the temporal punishment for sins committed by the purchasers themselves or their loved ones in purgatory." — Wikipedia

Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.




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Мартин Лютер — христианский богослов, инициатор Реформации, переводчик Библии на немецкий язык. Его именем названо одно из направлений протестантизма.

Мартин Лютер утверждал, что мирская жизнь и весь мирской порядок, обеспечивающий человеку возможность отдаваться вере, занимают важное место в христианской религии. Он отверг авторитет папских декретов и посланий (Священное предание) и требовал восстановления авторитета Священного писания. Лютер отвергал претензии духовенства на господствующее положение в обществе. Роль духовенства М. Лютер ограничивал наставлением христиан в духе смирения, осознания человеком его полной зависимости от милости Божьей в деле спасения его души. Важное историческое значение имело провозглашение Лютером идеи независимости светского государства от католической церкви.

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