Friday, September 23, 2016

Luther: In the beginning was the word

So you were thinking 2017 would be noted for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, or the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, or, say, women voting in a Canadian federal election.

There are competitors.  In Wittenburg, it's all about Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in 1517, and somewhat inadvertently launching the Protestant Reformation:
Thesis 86: "Why does the pope, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build the basilica of St. Peter with the money of poor believers rather than with his own money?"
The nailing to the door part may be a legend, sez Wikipedia, but next year Wittenburg (pop c.6000) is going to be all over it.  Wittenburg, Nova Scotia, maybe not so much.

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