In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther’s book, The Bondage of the Will, was written in response to the Diatribe of Erasmus. His courage to face the establishment was remarkable, and his willingness to risk everything for the sake of truth was admirable.

For, thank God, I am not such a silly fool that I would have been willing to sustain and champion this cause for so long, with such fortitude and firmness (obstinacy, you call it), often at the risk of my life, hated and plotted against continually—enduring, in a word, the rage of men and of devils together—merely to gain money (which I neither have nor want), or renown (which I could not have if I wanted it in a world that hates me so), or to protect my life (which is always forfeit now). Do you think that because your heart trembles at these upheavals you are the only one who has a heart? I am not made of stone, either; I am no child of Marpesian* crags. But (since it must be one or the other) I would rather be joyful in God’s grace and bear the brunt of this temporal uproar for the sake of the Word of God—which demands to be asserted with invincible and unshakeable zeal—rather that, I say, than be ground to powder under the wrath of God by the unbearable torments of the uproar that shall be everlasting.

—Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will, (Fleming H. Revell Company, 1957), pp. 90-91

* Marpesia was one of the rulers who helped establish the Greek city of Ephesus. She also established a city in the Caucasus Mountains referred to as the Rock of Marpesia or the Marpesian Cliff. Wikipedia.