Monthly Archives: October 2014
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther wrote the Archbishop of Mainz and Magdelberg Albrecht to object to the sale of indulgences. Luther wrote “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” (which later became known as the 95 theses) and posted them on door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, (also known as the Church of All Saints). This defiant act by the Augustinian monk lead to the Protestant Revolution.
Luther’s major theological insight from the 95 Theses is Justification by Faith (sola fides), which undercuts indulgences.
Contemporary Protestants have suggested celebrating Reformation Day as an alternative to Halloween. Wags waxed about Reformation Day that theology nerds need a holiday too. But it seems dubious if kids will dress in brown robes and try to nail papers to many doors.
Several years ago, after Blue Dog Democrat Congressman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ 8th) was critically shot by a lunatic leftist gunman, Democrats tried to shift the blame to Republicans by claiming that the GOP was fostering a lack of civility. To that end, Donna Brazile penned a piece with a putative prayer:
[L]et us pray that our political leaders restore respect and civility in
their political discourse, and beseech them to forgo the temptation to
turn our plea to shun rancor into rancor.
Noble sentiments. But to echo a sentiment from the Democrat hustings in 2008: “Be the change you are looking for in the world.” Based upon Donna Brazile’s base instincts displayed during this campaign cycle, civility is for suckers and/or the Tea Party.
Brazile’s social media rants have taken off her mask. Now informed voters can go to the polls and vote their consciences.