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Evangelical Library lecture: Luther at Worms

September 2021 | by Evangelical Times

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In June, more than sixty people connected via Zoom to see the Annual Lecture of the Evangelical Library, based in Bounds Green, London.

2021 marks the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s appearance before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in Germany. We were taken ably through the events that preceded and followed the Diet by our lecturer, David McKay (Professor of Systematic Theology, Ethics and Apologetics at the Reformed Theological College in Belfast and pastor of Shaftesbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church in the city).

Part one of the lecture (‘The road to Worms’) looked at the debates at Augsburg and Leipzig, as well as Luther’s writings during that period.

The ‘Confrontation at Worms’ followed, covering Luther’s defiant burning of Pope Leo X’s bull excommunicating him from the Roman Catholic Church. Also addressed was Luther’s heeding the imperial summons to appear at Worms, his answering the charges, and finally his historic affirmation of the sole authority of Scripture.

Finally, David considered ‘the Aftermath’, looking at Luther’s time in hiding at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, further fruitful work, and subsequent controversies. A Q&A time concluded the lecture.

Do pray for the work of the Evangelical Library, first brought to London by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones just after the Second World War. The Library is an underused but important asset that can open up a world of wisdom for today’s Christian.

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