Martin Luther: Ninety-five Theses


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The immediate audience for Luther's Ninety-five Theses included members of the local academic and ecclesiastical community. The document was also directed at preachers and others who supported the sale of indulgences. The burden of Luther's concern was for the Christian laity, but he was also concerned for the purity of the theology and practice of the church. As word of the theses spread, knowledge of them extended to all orders of society, especially in northern Europe. For many...