Martin Luther and the 95 Theses, Spring 2017

The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses

February 24, 2017 - July 13, 2017 (extended)

Ninety-Five Theses Poster

Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, a series of statements and proposals about the power of indulgences and the nature of repentance, forgiveness and salvation. Originally intended for academic debate, the document quickly gained popularity, garnering praise and condemnation alike, and is generally seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. "The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses" presents the context of Martin Luther’s Theses, the role of indulgences in sixteenth century religious life and the use of disputations in theological education. Shown also are the early responses to Luther’s Theses by both his supporters and his opponents, the impact of Luther’s Reformation, including depictions of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in later Protestant traditions, as well as current attempts by Catholics and Protestants to find common ground. This exhibit is curated by Dr. Armin Siedlecki

All are invited to view the exhibit any time the library is open. We are also pleased to offer tours. Tour groups meet at the library entrance. Please register at the links below:

We can arrange exhibit tours for adults or kids at other times as well. To arrange a tour, please contact Rebekah Bedard, Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, at 404-727-5094 or