Discussion of the John Calvin - Michael Servetus Affair





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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2011

Michael Servetus holds the distinction of being the only man burned in effigy by the Catholics and burned in fact by the Protestants. He died in Geneva because he escaped from a Catholic prison in Vienna where he was slated for execution. Calvin opposed his burning because it was too painful and cruel. But he was over-ruled. Servetus was not executed by Calvin but by the Geneva authorities, who, contrary to popular belief, were not Calvin's puppets. Servetus was also the only person executed for heresy in Geneva during Calvin's era. Contrary to popular mythology blood did not flow in the streets of Geneva during Calvin's life.

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