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Reformation Day vs Halloween

In the 16th Century the church had convinced most that the only passage to salvation and heaven was through them.  They went as far as charging people for their salvation by selling indulgences and pardons in exchange for money. 

The Catholic monk Martin Luther of course was taught to read Latin, the only permitted interpretation of the Bible and disagreed with this premise, suggesting salvation could be obtained without the church.  He posted his disagreements on the church door, as was the custom, thereby inviting debate.  This was the beginning of the Reformation. 
After a significant struggle, Luther soon translated the Bible into German as well as wrote many papers on this subject all to the effect of diminishing the power of the church.  His cause was greatly aided in dissemination of his views by the recent invention of the Gutenberg press, today's equivalent to the internet. 
For years Reformation Day was celebrated the last Sunday of October until it was replaced with Halloween.  Too bad we don't remember freeing ourselves from the chains of tyranny in the past.  For if we did we might be tempted to do it again.

Jay Mock
248 Flume Creek
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
"Hell is truth seen too late... duty neglected in its season." --Tryon Edwards
"Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding." -Ezra Pound


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