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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Reformation Day

Martin Luther

Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott is Luther's Allons enfants de la Patrie (Marie Jensen).

Four hundred eighty nine years passed since that day of October 21-st, 1517, when Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the gates of Wittenberg's Cathedral.

Was he aware what he was starting? The Christian world would never be as before. Luther questioned the authority of the Church; the world after him would question any authority. Luther challenged the Tradition, based on a literal interpretation of the Bible; the world after him would challenge the literal interpretation of the Bible.

Ein feste Burg is unser Gott

My friends from the Presbyterian Church in Clarendon celebrated last Sunday the Reformation Day, along with all other Protestant churches. Luther's Ninety-Five Theses posted on Wittenberg's Cathedral opened in Europe the way toward religious freedom and diversity; today's liberal churches (like the one in Clarendon, progressive, inclusive and diverse) owe a great debt to this staunched conservative who was accusing Rome of being the New Babylon.

(Church in America)


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