Luther's propositions or points of disputation regarding indulgences. The sale and traffic of indulgences – grants of 'remission' of the temporal punishment due to sin – had become increasingly common and notorious, especially so for Luther in the person of the Dominican monk Johannes Tetzel. Luther's main concern is with the idea of purchasing forgiveness in place of genuine repentance before God. In attacking indulgences, he also condemned the worldliness of the Church, its interest in money, and the claims of power for the papacy. According to legend, the Reformation began with the Theses being posted on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church, October 31, 1517. They were soon translated into German and circulated widely.
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