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January 18, 2012

Martin Luther and the Diet of Worms

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, movies — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:32 am

Last night I saw a documentary on TV about Martin Luther; the famous “Diet of Worms” was prominently shown in the film.  That brought back memories of my childhood when I was studying the history of the Catholic Church in Catholic school. My classmates and I thought the term “Diet of Worms” was hilarious.  That’s because our teacher pronounced the German word Diet the same as the English word diet which means what a person eats.  Diet in German is pronounced dee-et and it means an administrative assembly. In German, Worms is pronounced something like Vourms.

This documentary was originally shown on PBS in 2003.  It was first presented as a two-part series for British television.  The film is fairly objective and tells the story of Martin Luther accurately; the narrator only briefly mentions Martin Luther’s hatred of the Jews with only one quote from his writings.

Also mentioned briefly is that Martin Luther translated the bible into German.  I was scribbling notes as fast as I could, and I am not sure if it was mentioned that he did this translation in the town of Eisenach.  I was waiting for some mention of Eisenach because Eisenach is the place where Martin Luther holed up in a castle to translate the Bible. A few miles down the road is the town of Erfurt, the place from which St. Boniface set out on his mission to convert the Germans to Christianity. This area has been at the center of German culture since the Middle Ages. Eisenach is where Johann Sebastian Bach was born.

Eisenach is the beginning of “the Classics Road” which ends at Weimar. This is the heartland of German culture, the old stamping grounds of such German greats as Goethe, Schiller, Liszt, Herder, Nietzsche, Cranach, and Bach.  It is also the road that American troops traveled to Buchenwald, arriving on April 11, 1945. Buchenwald is 5 miles from Weimar and it is the only historical thing that Americans are interested in today in that area.

What does all this have to do with anything?  If Martin Luther were alive today, he would be a modern day heretic, railing against Holocaustianity which has replaced Christianity as the world’s foremost religion.  In today’s world, Luther would be brought before a German court, where he would not be able to defend himself. He would not be asked to recant; he would just be sentenced to five or more years in prison for his heresy in speaking out against Holocaustianity.

This video will explain the story of Martin Luther in a way that the modern world can understand.

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