Saturday, January 28, 2006

WORMS: Ah! The memory of the diet

... that would forever change the face of Christendom. Today is the 485th anniversary of the now infamous trial of Martin Luther.
Diet of WormsThe Diet of Worms was a general assembly (a Diet) of the estates of the Holy Roman Empire that took place in Worms, a small town on the Rhine river located in what is now Germany. It was conducted from January 28 to May 25, 1521, with Emperor Charles V presiding. Although other issues were dealt with at the Diet of Worms, it is most memorable for addressing Martin Luther and the effects of the Protestant Reformation.
Luther was challenged before the Emperor to renounce his writings and teachings; to which he in part replied ...
Martin Luther"Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason -- I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other -- my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe."
This resulted in ...
The ... Edict of Worms on May 25, 1521, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw and a heretic and banning his literature. [ ... the edict] declared Luther to be an outlaw and banned the reading or possession of his writings. It permitted anyone to kill Luther without legal consequence. The Edict was a divisive move that distressed more moderate men, and in particular Erasmus.
A more detailed account of the diet may be found here (Word .doc document, 8 pages; accuracy not attested to). HT: Preach, Teach, Confess

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