The authoritarian streak in Protestantism runs from those beginnings through John Calvin's notorious execution of the Spanish freethinker Michael Servetus
in 1553, through the moral authoritarianism of the English republicans and of the New England puritans, through the effortless apologias for imperialism and for slavery advanced throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The burning of Servetus
, however, turned Bodin toward liberal Protestantism.
The protestant churches on the other hand, so Linus suggested, were shirking their responsibility of political action, perhaps because they were still ashamed of what their predecessors had done to Servetus
and Sir Thomas More: '.
Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica was published near the middle of the sixteenth century, followed by the first correct description of cardio-pulmonary function in 1553 by theologian Michael Servetus
, several decades after the first cordiform maps were made.
How many different enemies we have seen in our own time--the defenders of the pope's idols, the Jews, a multitude of Anabaptist monstrosities, the party of Servetus
They include letters, journal entries, poems, speeches, statutes, polemics, articles of religion, biographical accounts, council decrees, religious manuals, and narratives by or related to Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Michael Sattler, George Wishart, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII, John Knox, Teresa of Avila, Jeanne de Jussie, Fra Girolamo Savonarola, Ignatius of Loyola, John Wycliffe, John Whitgift, and Michael Servetus
The most influential theologian was Michal Servetus
(1511-53), a friend of anti-Trinitarians.
Castalionis," it seems clear that this copy once belonged to Sebastian Castellio, Calvin's main critic in the Servetus
Affair and an early defender of toleration and religious freedom.
There is Calvin the father of modernity; Calvin the inventor of capitalism and ergo rampant consumerism; Calvin the militant; even Calvin the dictator of Geneva, hounding Michael Servetus
all the way to a fiery death at the stake.
The farm was purchased by Servetus
and Jesslyn Ashworth - Mr.
was persecuted by Catholics and Protestants alike, and eventually met his death by being burned at the stake at the hands of reformer John Calvin (290).
An appendix presents an excerpt from a drama--The Star and the Stake (1975) by the Hungarian writer Andras Suto (1927-2006)--portraying a clash between John Calvin and Michael Servetus
that is set in Paris during the year 1533.