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Screening of "Luther" - a Dallas Warburg Chapter Event

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The Dallas Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany and the Johanniter Humanitarian Group invite you to join us for a screening of the film


"Luther"


In 1516-17, Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar and papal commissioner for indulgences, was sent to Germany to raise money to build St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther wrote to Albrecht, Archbishop of Mainz and Magdeburg, protesting against the sale of indulgences. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” which came to be known as Ninty-five Theses. Hans Hillerbrand writes that Luther had no intention of confronting the church, but saw his disputation as a scholarly ob­jection to church practices, and the tone of the writing is accordingly “searching, rather than doctrinaire.” Hiller­brand further writes that there is nevertheless an undercurrent of challenge in several of the theses, particularly in Thesis 86, which asks: “Why does the pope, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build the basilica of St. Peter with the money of poor believers rather than with his own money?

Luther objected to a saying attributed to Johann Tetzel that “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory [also attested as ‘into heaven’] springs.” He insisted that, since forgiveness was God’s alone to grant, those who claimed that indulgences absolved buyers from all punishments and granted them salvation were in error. Christians, he said, must not slacken in following Christ on account of such false assurances. The film Luther is a 2003 biopic about the life of Martin Luther. It begins during a thunderstorm in 1505, as Luther is returning to his home. For fear of losing his life in the storm, he commits his life to God and becomes an Augustinian monk…

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