04 October 2017, The Tablet
The accidental Reformation: Did Luther's challenge to church authority lead to our secularised society?
Luther at 500
On 31 October 1517, an intensely introspective, spiritually serious and pastorally concerned Augustinian friar named Martin Luther wrote a letter to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz about the way in which a fund-raising campaign for indulgences was being conducted under the archbishop’s auspices.
“I do not so much find fault with the cries of the preachers, which I have not heard,” Luther wrote.
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