04 October 2017, The Tablet

The accidental Reformation: Did Luther's challenge to church authority lead to our secularised society?


Luther at 500

The accidental Reformation: Did Luther's challenge to church authority lead to our secularised society?
 

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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