What are the 95 Theses of Martin Luther?
Why did Martin Luther write the ninety five theses?
The other preliminary point which I can state only in the same summary way before I enter upon my subject proper, is the new place the whole of the Reformation movement has found, as the result of modern historical research, within the framework of history, and especially the connection between the Renaissance and the Reformation. This is indeed a stimulating subject, but all I can do herein order that Luther the man, and his works, can be properly understoodis to try and describe very briefly what is the traditional view of these two movements, and how they are seen in the light of most recent research. I shall again merely state the conclusions, and must leave to a future and more elaborate study the tracing of the stimulating and enlightening way by which modern scholars have found the way to a true interpretation of the Renaissance and the Reformation and the relationship of the one and the other.
Aland, ed., Martin Luther's 95 Theses; H.
It ought to be remembered that Nietzsche was the son of a Lutheran pastor, that he had a Lutheran upbringing himself, and that he knew Luther's teaching, Luther's influence, from within. There was some justification when Nietzsche could state in one of his very last writings: People are no longer afraid of the ideal of the Renaissance.
169-170, ‘The Facts About Luther,’O’Hare, TAN Books, 1987, p.
What I am going to state is, then, nothing new and original on the Continent, although to English ears it may sound blasphemous and heretic. I have indicated my limitations. Perhaps I may as well mention that, in spite of my shortcomings, I think I have some qualifications for speaking on Luther. It has been rightly observed that Luther was so typical a German, one may even say so exclusively German, that a complete understanding can be expected only from a German. For once my nationality seems to be an advantage.