Martin Luther and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

File photoPastor Ronald Ritter. ■ By Ronald Ritter / Contributed In less than three months, 74 million Lutherans around the world, including 3.7 million in the United States, and many other Christians, will observe the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was on Oct. 31, 1517 when the Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The Reformation that followed marked a point in world history when traditional beliefs and practices of the Christian Church were subject to intense biblical scrutiny that produced many changes throughout the world in the ensuing years with regard to the Christian religion. Luther’s enunciation of the

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