The Day Of The Reformation Day Essay example

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On October 31st various Reformed churches will celebrate Reformation Day. Chile and Slovenia, who both have a Catholic majority, has declared it a nation holiday. Some churches move Reformation Day to the Sunday before and call it Reformation Sunday. Reformation Day celebrates the day Martin Luther wrote to the Bishop of Mainz protesting the sale of indulgences.

Luther’s letter cascaded into a pivotal event of the Reformation, the Diet of Worms (Jan 28 – May 25, 1521). Now in those days a Diet was less about losing weight and more about weighty decisions. Or to give to be more precise a Diet was "the general assembly of the estates of the former Holy Roman Empire". The Diet of Worms accused Luther of heresy. After deliberations, Luther was asked to recant. After spending the final night of the Diet praying and consulting with his friends, he did not withdraw.

Rather, according to eyewitness, he said something along these lines:
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.

Now, to be fair Johann Eck, who represented the Holy Roman Empire, had an excellent reply:
“’Martin, ' said he, 'there is…

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