On this date, March 26, 1521, Martin Luther was cited to appear at the Diet of Worms. This is where he would ultimately be asked to recant his writings and his sermons. When the trial was concluding weeks later and when asked to recant, his response is noteworthy.

“Unless I shall be convinced by the testimonies of the Scriptures or by clear reason … I neither can nor will make any retraction, since it is neither safe nor honourable to act against conscience.

Here I stand. I can do no other.”

Here I stand

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