500 years ago Luther grabbed his trusty framing hammer, a 16 penny nail, and his yellow pad. He whipped out his carpenters pencil, sharpened it with his utility knife, and drafted ninety-five problems with the church architecture on that yellow pad. In bold fashion he walked up to the door of the church in Wittenberg and used the blade of his right hand to press the yellow pad up against the rich cedar panels of the church door. Simultaneously he deftly used the index, middle-finger, and thumb of the same hand to grasp that 16 penny nail and angle it slightly downward as his left hand, fist firmly clinched around his 28 oz striking instrument, raced downward to drive that nail home, neatly pinning the yellow pad to the front entry way of the church. The reformation had begun.
Well, maybe it didn't go quite like that, perhaps it was only an 8 penny nail or maybe he used a pneumatic nailer.... either way this moment has been marked in history as the defining moment of the reformation. Luther's 95 Theses have gained historical notoriety, and rightly so, but this moment is only one of a long list of significant moments in the reformation. Join us as we travel from Berlin to Geneva exploring some the well known and more obscure moments of the reformation.