On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis theses (thanks Dale) to the door of the church at Wittenburg. This is considered the official beginning of the Protestant Reformation and lead to Luther’s famous proclamation at the Diet of Worms:

Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.

Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.

My family and I recently watched the new(est) Martin Luther movie, which is a great and rather faithful rendition (of course, there was some dramatization and some events were collapsed for the sake of brevity – all in all, given the medium, it was fantastic).

A friend recently posted Luther’s autobiographical account of his conversion. It’s worth reading.

Pennsylvania Anglican – Reformation Day – October 31st, 1517