American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Servetus, Michael Originally Miguel Serveto. 1511-1553. Spanish-born theologian and physician who described the circulation of blood. His denial of the doctrine of the Trinity led to his execution for heresy.
“George J, only one man was ever execute in Calvin's Geneva for heresy, namely Servetus for his rejection of the trinity.”
“Roman Catholic Bolsec, in his work on Calvin, calls Servetus "a very arrogant and insolent man," "a monstrous heretic," who deserved to be exterminated.”
“The Reformer called Servetus arrogant (he had dared to criticize the "Institutes" in marginal glosses), and uttered the significant menace, "If he comes here and I have any authority, I will never let him leave the place alive.”
“The stories of people such as Servetus, Murray, and Ballou are excellent, but are too earthbound this from a person who grew up in a very strongly humanist congregation to have enough depth.”
“Like Juan Díaz, Servetus had a brother who was a good son of the Church—a priest, in fact—and the Supreme Council of the Inquisition instructed Juan Servetus to bring Michael back to Spain.”
“The execution of Servetus horrified Castellio; to him, it exemplified a murderous age in which Christian turned upon Christian.”
“The Calvinists supplied information to the Inquisition in the hope that Servetus would be convicted of heresy, but he eluded its grasp.”
“Castellio protested the execution of Michael Servetus for heresy in particular, but also the internecine killings of Christians in general.”
“See as well Marian Hillar, The Case of Michael Servetus (1511–1533) (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1977), 206–8.”
“When the Inquisition became aware that Servetus was in Germany, it hoped the Protestants would complete what the Catholics had failed to do.”
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