Making a Stand for Freedom of Conscience
Those involved in Home Education are invited to participate in the Reformation Art and Essay Competition 2020. This year the focus is on Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, who, 500 years ago, made his bold stand before the assembled political and ecclesiastical might of Europe. Professor Luther refused to bow to peer pressure, intimidation and political threats. On 18 April 1521, he made his historic speech: “Unless I am convinced by Scripture, or by clear reasoning, that I am in error – for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against one’s conscience. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, so help me God. Amen.” This courageous stand on principle is even more relevant in this day of political, media and peer pressure to conform and bow before temper tantrum tactics to violate our conscience and repeat rhetorical mantras to appease bullies.
Reformation Artwork or Essays
Original art work, or essays, on Martin Luther and the confrontation at Worms, 1521, Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Association, will be evaluated.
Prizes for the best artwork and essays, include:
1st Prize: R2000 gift voucher from Christian Liberty Books (which can also be redeemed for the Biblical Worldview Summit).
2nd Prize: Sponsorship to the Biblical Worldview Summit (4-11 January 2021).
3rd Prize: R750 gift voucher (either for Christian Liberty Books, or towards BWS camp).
Essays need to identify sources quoted and acknowledge books and websites consulted.
Examples of the artwork and essays will be displayed at the Home Education Fair and Reformation Celebration event in Rondebosch, Saturday, 31 October, when the prize winners will be announced.
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, 28 October 2020.
Submit to: The Reformation Society, P.O. Box 74, Newlands, 7725, Cape Town, or Email on attachment, to info@ReformationSA.org, or contact us for a delivery address: 021-689-4480.
Dr. Peter Hammond
The Reformation Society
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa