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Uncommon Tradition: Reformation Day

While the rest of the world celebrates the October holiday of Halloween, the student body at Clearwater Christian College partakes in a time-honored tradition. In keeping with his yearly ritual, Mr. Robert Carver, associate professor of Greek and Bible, nailed a copy of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to his office door.

“October 31 is one of the most important days on our calendar,” he said. “Unfortunately, most people (Christians included) associate it with pumpkins, ghosts, goblins, witches, and worse—even the gruesome and demonic. The importance of October 31 is far greater than that. It is associated with an event that changed the course of the history of the church.”

2012 marks the 495th anniversary of the nailing of Luther’s 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. “This was a bold act by a 33 year old Augustinian monk named Martin Luther,” said Mr. Carver. “The ringing blows of that hammer marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.”