This past Saturday was October 31, and was the 492nd anniversary of the day a monk and a mallet set things in motion to radically alter Christianity and the western world. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, fed up with the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church on the issue of indulgences, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, All Saints' Church, in Wittenberg, Germany. Little did he know that his little document would come to be one of the most read documents in western civilization, nor that the course of history would change with the Protestant Reformation that would soon over take Europe.
October 31 is now known as Reformation Day. I have a tradition every year on or around Reformation Day to watch one of the movies made about Martin Luther. The first is a black and white classic produced in 1953, while the second is a more recent production from 2003. This year, however, since all of our things are in storage, I didn't have mine to watch.
Well, I found the 1953 edition online for free. If you have never watched it, then you need to take the time. This film does a good job of providing a helpful overview of the major events of Luther's life and the start of the Reformation, beginning with his leaving law school to become a monk (1507), to his nailing of the 95 Theses (1517), to his "Here I Stand" speech at the Diet of Worms (1521), to the reading of the Augsburg Confession before Emperor Charles V (1530).
So grab some popcorn and enjoy a good movie that will entertain, as well as, teach you things you ought to know. You can watch it below, or you can find it at Retrovision Internet TV.