​It’s been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, starting a debate with Catholic Church leadership that led to the Protestant Reformation movement. This pivotal moment in world history has ripples to today and impacts Christianity far beyond Lutheran congregations. 
In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Clayton Museum of Ancient History will present an evening of lectures on the impact of the teachings of Martin Luther on September 21 at 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. All with an interest in history and Christianity are encouraged to attend.

Dr. C. Matthew Phillips, associate professor of history at Concordia University, will be the guest presenter for the evening. His first lecture will be on the topic of “Our Righteousness Descends from Above:  The Origins of Martin Luther's Teaching on Justification” and will be followed by a second presentation “Penance, Indulgences, and the Lutheran Reformation" after a short recess.

Matthew Phillips is a Professor of History at Concordia University. He completed a Ph.D. in medieval European history at Saint Louis University in 2006. His research has focused on medieval monasticism, preaching, devotion to the True Cross, and the Crusades.   Additionally, he has interests in medieval theology and the writings and life of Martin Luther. He has published a number of articles on these subjects.  Dr. Phillips has been a faculty member at Concordia University since 2004.
The Clayton Museum also recently opened a new exhibit on the life of Martin Luther that will be on display through the end of the year. The Clayton Museum is located in the lower level of the Mackey Center on the York College campus. There is no cost for admission. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. More information at www.claytonmuseumofancienthistory.org.