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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.

1 Comment

  1. FG.
    The Expression of Diet, although correct is very rarely used during Theology Studies, in most Schools it is referred to as: “Martin Luther vor dem REICHSTAG zu Worms”
    Martin Luther at Worms:
    The ELECTOR Frederick the Wise reached through tough negotiations that Luther could explain its position before the next Reichstag and defend himself again. Showing the decline of the medieval power of Pope and Emperor Charles V, who was the last emperor to be crowned by a pope. On 17 April 1521 Luther was before the Reichstag of Worms, was tried before the assembled princes and free citizens, and asked for the last time to revoke his teachings. After a day of reflection and knowing that this could be his death, he refused on the following grounds:
    [Because] … my conscience is captive in the words of God, I can not and will not recant anything, because it is dangerous and impossible to do anything against conscience. God help me. Amen. The text quoted: “Here I stand, I can not do otherwise, so help me God, Amen” is not historically proven.

    Then the Reichstag imposed on 26 May 1521, backdated to the 8th of May by the Emperor the Edict of Worms on him: It banned Luther, citing the bull of the Pope throughout the empire not to support him, or to house or to read his writings or to print, and commanded to deliver him to the Emperor. The imperial ban was announced, the so called “Reichs-Acht” was official declared after the Reichstag, so that their validity has been widely disputed. Even so, everyone would be able to kill Luther without being prosecuted for it: he was now “outlawed”. According to the promise to his electors, he gained safe passage. Later Charles V regretted this commitment, because following the Reformation it destroyed the unity of his empire.

    The “outlaw “was on the evening of the 4th May 1521 on his way home near the Castle Altenstein near Bad Liebenstein when Frederick soldiers secretly “hijacked” Luther and set him on the way to Wartburg in Eisenach, in order to save him of the danger.
    PS.: Er wurde in eine “Acht” erklärt (He was condemned into an eight) meaning you draw two circles around you, in the figure of 8 and you are safe, stepping outside the circles you can be killed by any one!>(Yes, the Germans are a peculiar Lot)<

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 19, 2012 @ 1:32 am


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