October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther posting his “Ninety-Five Theses” changing the course of Christianity. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) is hosting an extraordinary Exhibition on Martin Luther and the Reformation. For a short time now until January 15, 2017, beautiful artwork and incredible artifacts never before seen outside of Germany are on display. I recommend everyone take the opportunity to view this exhibit and learn more how the Reformation changed Christianity, split the Catholic Church and lead to one of the bloodiest wars in history.
Luther was not happy with abuses within the church and the selling of Indulgences. Indulgences were a way for the church to raise money and teaching it was permitted for people to buy their way to heaven. His reasoning based on study of the Bible was that people who had faith, acted with kindness towards others and followed the word of god would go to heaven without paying money or buying a ticket.
The Exhibition does a great job of sharing the events to gain a better understanding of what the Reformation was about. It is also fascinating to learn more about Martin Luther as a person, his family and the historical people and events which shaped the opinion of one man who stood up to the most powerful leaders of his time and pushed for change.
As an American growing up in Minnesota I have ancestors from many places in Europe. Some were staunch Catholics and others were Protestant and Lutherans, so I have had the opportunity to see and experience different points of view. The stories are fascinating and it always amazes me how people, families and cultures hold very strong views and positions on how things should be.
It is great Pope Francis went to Sweden this week and prayed with Lutherans and expressed hopes some of the conflicts could be resolved. Wow, this only took 499 years. Other religious conflicts around the world have gone on much longer. Hopefully, this is a strong and convincing sign people with different points of view and differing religious beliefs can live side-by-side respecting one and other.
For more information go to:http://new.artsmia.org/press/first-exhibition-marking-500th-anniversary-of-martin-luthers-ninety-five-theses-presented-by-minneapolis-institute-of-art-opening-october-30-2016/