Justin Taylor has provided a number of very helpful resources explaining the significance of Reformation Day (Monday, October 31) — the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. Among the resources he lists are:
1. Last year I interviewed Carl Trueman about the 95 Theses. It’s a nice way to get a brief introduction to what happened.
2. There are a number of accessible introductions to the Reformation, but if you want to focus on Luther’s life and theology, a great choice would be Stephen Nichols’s Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought. J. I. Packer writes, “For half a century, Bainton’s Here I Stand has been the best introduction to Luther. Stephen Nichols’s engaging volume is in many ways better than Bainton’s for this purpose. It deserves to be widely read.” Nichols also has a good introduction to the 95 Theses.
3. The 2003 movie on Luther starring Joseph Fiennes is surprisingly well-researched and reconstructed. Here is their depiction of the 95 Theses:
Additionally, Ligonier has posted a series of articles written by Steve Lawson about “The Reformation and the Men Behind It.” Using excerpts from his work, Pillars of Grace, Lawson discusses the significance of the lives of Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin. All his articles are listed here.
Finally, over several years, I have accumulated a number of resources on the Reformation as well. All my posts related to the Reformation are here, and a brief listing of some outside resources is here.