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Martin Luther

Did you know that Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) is the same day as Reformation Day? On that day in 1517 Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses (or issues) against the church of his day. That’s because, on the next day, All Saints’ Day, a large collection of relics was going to be presented for the sale of indulgences that would go to help fund the building of St. Peter’s Basilica–it was exactly this system of indulgences that Martin Luther critiqued and rejected. So as an interesting twist in history, when we celebrate Halloween, we do it on a day that was one of the biggest turning points in church history.



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