Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sacred Heart, CaringBridge at caringbridge.org, Michael Servetus
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship or the Verna and Henry Steffes Scholarship Fund, University of Wisconsin, Marathon County Center.
The fate of Michael Servetus
, and the book for which he was burned, is the subject of Out of the Flames, a thoroughly engaging account of the life of Servetus as well as a bibliophile's delight.
From Isaac Abrabanel in late fifteenth-century Italy to Jacob Frank's masonic connections in eighteenth-century Poland, from Cardinal Ximenes to Antonio Vieira, from Joseph Mede to Emanuel Swedenborg, and from Michael Servetus
to Beate Hahn-Paulus, we are led on a conducted tour of a past that is probably the most "foreign country" of them all--a land where magi, messiahs, prophets, and leaders of secret societies, stroll freely in the town's square, speaking a language that is practically undecipherable, promising imminent redemption.
In Calvin's 16th-century Geneva, even private practice of Catholic rites was punishable by expulsion from the city, attendance at sermons was mandatory, and the theological dissident Michael Servetus
was burned at the stake for rejecting the doctrines of the Trinity and infant baptism.
Some pioneers, such as physician Michael Servetus
, were put to death for it.
Calvin supported the execution of the Unitarian Michael Servetus
; Lutherans and Calvinists were at least as savage as Catholics in the persecution of German Anabaptists.
The most celebrated case of religious persecution in the sixteenth century was the Michael Servetus
affair, where the proto-unitarian Servetus was burned at the stake in Calvin's Geneva, and it is here that we can see Bainton's three prerequisites for persecution most vividly.
Even the burning of Michael Servetus
was a rotten business for Calvin in an age where a death was all too often a convenient solution for the current problem.
Wasn't the execution of Michael Servetus
the outstanding example of religious atrocity in the age of the Reformation?
The restoration of Christianity; an English translation of Christianismi restitutio, 1553 by Michael Servetus
The latter, frustrated by the difficulty of defining the concept of toleration and the proliferation of studies on it, concentrated her inquiry on the self-serving praises lavished by historians and politicians of the Third Republic on emblematic figures such as Michael Servetus
and Sebastian Castellio.