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  • The Ninety-Five Theses is a text by German monk and scholar Martin Luther (1483–1546), published in 1517.
  • Luther's text was a call for debate on the theological merits of the Roman Catholic Church's practice of selling indulgences.
  • The church raised money by allowing the faithful to buy indulgences and thus avoid punishment for their individual sins.
  • Luther argued that church officials and sacraments did not have the power to reduce required punishment for sin.
  • Luther asserted the importance of the Bible as a path to salvation and stressed that inner transformation and acts of contrition were necessary for true repentance.
  • The Roman Catholic Church viewed Luther's document as a direct challenge to the spiritual authority of the pope.
  • Luther's objective was not to start a new religion, but his arguments against indulgences unleashed criticism of the church and eventually led to the splitting of the Western Church into Catholicism and Protestantism.
  • Luther's arguments and the resulting Protestant Reformation ultimately did succeed in driving reforms in the Roman Catholic Church.


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