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Reformation History

Why did Martin Luther write the ninety-five Theses and post them on the door of the church in Wittenberg?


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September 18, 2012 5:54PM

Martin Luther was concerned about certain practices in the Catholic Church such as the selling of indulgences to free the soul from purgatory.

Martin Luther wrote the 95 Theses in Latin because that was another thing he thought was wrong with the Catholic Church and posted them on the door of the Schlosskirche (Palais Church) in Wittenberg because he wanted to correct what he saw as the church's mistakes. Two students Luther taught reprinted the complaints in German so everyone understood them.