On October 31, many Americans decorate their homes for Halloween with ghouls, goblins, cobwebs, and pumpkins. Many Protestant Christians, however, celebrate something far more significant: Reformation Day.

By historical consensus, October 31, 1517, is the day Martin Luther sent his theses to the Catholic Archbishop of Mainz. According to many historians, it is also the day Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in the German town now known as Lutherstadt-Wittenberg. The sound of his hammer would soon be heard throughout Germany and the rest of the world. 

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