Reformation 2.0

It was in the town of Wittenberg in Saxon Anhalt, Germany, now almost exactly 500 years ago, that Martin Luther began his revolution by nailing his theses to the door of the “Schlosskirche”. Why this church? Quite apart from it being the biggest in the town (although, at the time, not the most important) the church door in question was directly opposite Martin’s window and, thus, became the target – he only had to walk across the square.

The church did not survive; the one standing on the spot is the third one since Martin’s time. One was destroyed by fire and the other by an earthquake so “The Luther Door” isn’t the actual door but a door in approximately the same place. The house where Martin lived, did survive and is, today, the best hotel in the town and is called “Die Alte Canzley”. Once per month, you can enjoy a typical meal there from Martin’s time accompanied by two actors who play the parts of Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora.

In the Summer of 2015, Peter Fitzek, the instigator of the movement which has now become the German state, figuratively nailed “The 77 Proclamations” to the same door. Over the next few weeks, the translations will be found here.