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Europe - The Reformation - 2017: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

2017 is a very special year for LutherCountry, as it marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church, country, and world forever.

In honor of this monumental occasion, Lutherstadt Wittenberg will host the Reformation Summer from April to September, inviting guests to experience an atmosphere of celebration and open dialog about the influence of the Reformation on culture, language, and education. Not only that, but two special exhibitions will provide fascinating insights into the life and legacy of Martin Luther, the most symbolic figure of the Reformation.

Martin Luther lived from 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546 and was  a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Luther rejected several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed his understanding of the Catholic view on indulgences, that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money.

His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Charles V by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.  

Luther taught that salvation and, subsequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as a redeemer from sin.

His theology challenged the authority and office of the Pope by teaching that  the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God.

Martin Luther Luther insisted on identifying Christian or Evangelical as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ as their lord and Savior.

Christians and non Christians alike, make sure sure you put LutherCountry on your "must visit" calendar this year.

There's always something exciting to see and do in LutherCountry! Eat your way through the Weimar Onion Market, lose yourself in the magic and romance of our regional Christmas markets or let your hair down on an exciting hiking or biking adventure. Our region's rich musical tradition and wealth of exhibitions and museums invites cultural enthusiasts to indulge their passions and explore the strong ties between the Reformation and centuries of artistic expression. Come and discover LutherCountry with all your senses!

For more special events in relation to this 500th anniversary of the Reformation click on the link below.

Read more: Reformation Highlights in 2017

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