In 1961, the catholic luther researcher erwin iserloh realized that in all the works and letters of the reformer he nowhere explicitly mentioned nailing his 95 theses to the door on october 31, 1517 philipp melanchthon was the first to mention it in the preface to the first volume of luther's collected works in 1546 but by then. Uit erwin iserloh, luther zwischen reform und reformation hatte, bezeugt er indirekt selbst, wenn er in seinem 1528 verfaßten ,,geschichtsbuch der christenheit” schreibt: “luther hat 95 sätze vom ablaß aufgestellt und den anderen doctoren zugeschickt, gewißlich nicht in der absicht, daß sie weiter verbreitet würden.
In the 1960's a roman catholic scholar took aim at one of the generally accepted facts of the reformation: the nailing of the 95 theses to the door of the wittenberg castle church door erwin iserloh's book the theses were not posted: luther between reform and reformation challenges this dramatic.
Legends about luther: the 95 theses he never nailed up every revolution needs legends to capture the imagination of its followers it needs some act of the legend of the nailing was brought to light by catholic researcher erwin iserloh in 1961 he pointed to the lack of primary sources or. The ninety-five theses on the power and efficacy of indulgences (latin: disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum), commonly known as the ninety-five theses, were written by martin luther in 1517 and are widely regarded as the primary catalyst for the protestant reformation luther.
In 1961, erwin iserloh, a catholic luther researcher, argued that there was no evidence that luther actually nailed his 95 theses to the castle church door indeed, at the 1617 celebration of the reformation, luther was depicted as writing the 95 theses on the church door with a quill iserloh's assertion set. Find out more about the history of martin luther and the 95 theses, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom. As religionorf reports from austria, doubts first arose in 1961 as to whether the catholic monk luther really nailed a manifesto to the chapel door of a castle in wittenberg on october 31, 1517 catholic historian erwin iserloh, drawing on the doubts of lutheran historian hans volz, stated in a lecture in. The ninety-five theses or disputation on the power of indulgences are a list of propositions for an academic disputation written in 1517 by martin luther, professor of moral theology at the university of wittenberg, germany, that started the reformation, a schism in the catholic church which profoundly changed europe.
Later, erwin iserloh, using the same source material for his analysis, completely rejected the notion because the image of martin luther nailing the theses to the door of wittenberg's castle church from 1517-1518 (the 95 theses, the 31 october 1517 letter to archbishop albrecht and the sermon on indulgences and. On october 31st, 2017 martin luther supposedly nailed his ninety-five theses to the castle church door in wittenberg in 1968 a german roman catholic historian, erwin iserloh, claimed that luther never actually nailed his theses to the church door in wittenberg why did luther nail his 95 theses on halloween.
3 ibid, 14 4 the lutherhaus in wittenberg has collected a range of such images in its permanent exhibit on the third floor 5 der spiegel (january 3, 1966), 32-34 (accessed 13 may 2017 at: 46265199 the original debate involved kurt aland hans volz and erwin iserloh ,.
Martin luther's 95 theses launched the reformation movement rex and others point back to research by scholar erwin iserloh, who combed luther's writings and letters but did not find a specific reference to nailing the theses, whose formal title can be translated in english as disputation on the power. The common room was abuzz afterwards as people shared the significance of the reformation” the principal spoke on 'why were the 95 theses so revolutionary' he tackled the question of whether the theses were actually posted and challenged the scepticism of roman catholic historian erwin iserloh. Erwin iserloh, a catholic reformation scholar, attributed the story of the theses- posting to later myth-making he pointed to the fact that the story was first told by philip melanchthon long after luther's death other luther scholars rushed to defend the historicity of the hammer blows of wittenberg in fact, the.