The Role of conscience from Luther to the Digital Age

500 years ago, this month Martin Luther was summoned before Emperor and Diet, the parliament of the estates of the Holy Roman Empire. The gathering took place in the Imperial City of Worms on the River Rhine. On the 18 April 1521 Luther who had been asked to recant his teachings in the light of Papal rejection said:

“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”

His evocation of personal conscience before God as foundation for his actions marked the beginning of the role of conscience in modern times as a driving force for truth and justice in church, society, and politics.

The Lutheran Church in Ireland marks this anniversary with a webinar on 28th April on the role of conscience from Luther to the Digital Age.

All are welcome.

Details about speakers and registration (free of charge) can be found on the accompanying poster.

Chorister training at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral