On October 31, 1517. Martin Luther, a 33-year-old theology professor at Wittenberg University walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed a paper of 95 theses to the door, hoping to spark an academic discussion about their contents. It became a key event in igniting the Reformation.
Feb 18, Martin Luther, renewer of the church, died 1546 Though he began his adult church life as a simple Augustinian monk, Luther challenged the abuses he saw in the church, and his work eventually led to the Protestant Reformation. Luther's accomplishments included liturgical reform, translation of the Bible, and creation of the Small and Large Catechisms.
Martin Luther by Cranach. Luther's portly appearance, common bearing, and even his sometimes brusk speech made him an attractive figure to his contemporaries in Germany. People had grown tired on unrealistic models of perfection lifted up by the contemporary church.
Here's the entire list of the 95 Theses that Martin Luther nailed to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. This Date 1517 became the birth of the Protestant Reformation!