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On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther issued his “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” These 95 theses went viral as Luther and his allies used the new media of the day — pamphlets, ballads and woodcuts — and circulated their ideas through social networks to promote their message of the reformation of the church.
The name "Lutheran" originated as a derogatory term used by Johann Eck during the Leipzig Debate in July 1519. Rather than “Lutheran,” Martin Luther preferred to describe the reformation as “evangelical,” which is derived from the Greek word meaning “good news.”
Luther’s Small Catechism was published in 1529 for the teaching of children at home by their parents.