Ninety-Five Theses Exhibit

Five hundred years ago, in 1517, Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, a series of statements and proposals about the power of indulgences and the nature of repentance, forgiveness and salvation. Originally intended for academic debate, the document quickly gained popularity, garnering praise and condemnation alike, and is generally seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

From February 24 – July 7, Pitts Theology Library is exploring Luther’s Theses with the exhibit “The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses.” Curated by Dr. Armin Siedlecki, the exhibit presents the context of Martin Luther’s Theses, the role of indulgences in sixteenth century religious life and the use of disputations in theological education. Shown also are the early responses to Luther’s Theses by both his supporters and his opponents, the impact of Luther’s Reformation, including depictions of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in later Protestant traditions, as well as current attempts by Catholics and Protestants to find common ground.

All are welcome to view the exhibit in the third floor gallery any time the library is open or to sign up for a docent-led tour here.

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