Thursday, April 17, 2008

Today In History: There he stood, he could do no other.

On this date in 1521, Martin Luther spoke in his defense in front of the Diet of Worms, an assemblage that would forevermore reduce schoolchildren to helpless giggling fits by its name alone.

Inspired by his brave stand in the face of rampant popery, Europeans spent the next hundred years slaughtering each other in general (and depopulating Germany in specific) over the question of the proper way to worship the Prince of Peace.

13 comments:

Joe Allen said...

"Europeans spent the next hundred years slaughtering each other in general (and depopulating Germany in specific) over the question of the proper way to worship the Prince of Peace."

Well... now that you put it that way, it just sounds kinda silly.

Joe

Anonymous said...

Especially, since the counter reformation basically adopted a lot of the reforms that would have made Luther less of an annoyed & stubborn german.

(And like all good "religious" conflicts there were a lot of strictly secular reasons adding fuel to that fire.)

Anonymous said...

Regardless of where you stand on religious questions, Martin Luther's highly visible rejection of external authority in favor of obeying his strictly individual conscience was definitely a blow for human freedom. You might even say that the individual attitude is what finally ended the Middle Ages.

J.R.Shirley said...

Tamara?

You know I know lots of folk with a deft hand at the keyboard. I have heroes like James Thurber, Steven King, John Ringo, and Orson Scott Card (Dave Weber has slipped).

You're my favorite.

Just so you know.
----

Anonymous, one could also claim that the Black Death and the rise of the merchant class actually ended the Middle Ages.

John

jimbob86 said...

100 years of fratricide over the proper way way to worship the Prince of Peace, and who gets the huge pile moola involved, sounds about as appealing as a steady Diet of Worms......

Billy Beck said...

"The monk had excommunicated the pope."

(Will Durant)

Martin Luther was the first modern individualist.

Kristopher said...

The diet of worms help the Catholic Church lose weight ...

Anonymous said...

Ain't nothin' like organized religion.... JimB

Chris Byrne said...

100 years?

We're STILL fighting the fallout of the hundred years war.

Anonymous said...

Chris,
We're still fighting the fall out of the Crusades, which happened a few years prior to the start of the hundred years war.

-Gregg

p.s. Tam, there is something goofy in your script. When I tried to use the "Name/URL" option it would not allow me to do so without a URL. See it kept reading the (optional) as a URL. Thus, making it required and not optional. I'm just sayin'.

Tam said...

John,

"You know I know lots of folk with a deft hand at the keyboard.
...
You're my favorite.
"

I'm blushing furiously.

And giggling a little bit, because I'm recalling Taggart's line to Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles, complementing the latter on his eloquence.

J.R.Shirley said...

I mean it, of course. Any chance of you at Blade?

Tam said...

Too soon to say.

I could always hit my parents up for a place to crash for the show, since they're only about six or seven miles away. :D