By Joy Kleinstuber
This textual content, written via Jean Calvin in defence of the execution of Michael Servetus in October 1553, provoked common controversy and response. It was once released in Geneva by way of Robert Etienne in 1554.
it's a composite textual content. Calvin reproduces many unique files along his personal writing, together with a few of the Servetus trial files. In those files, among the items written via Calvin and the Genevan ministers, there's a immense quantity of writing from the pen of Servetus. this article used to be written in haste, in the course of one in every of Calvin’s such a lot tricky sessions in Geneva. it isn't good organised, with many alternative sections, only a few of that are truly marked.
This version has in comparison all of the proper elements of the textual content with the unique trial records within the files d’Etat in Geneva, noting all transformations. because it isn't really a simple textual content to navigate, this version supplies a “plan” of the textual content before everything, and “signposts” some of the components all through, making it even more available to the reader.
this article – rapidly prepare and written below nice strain – permits us to listen to the perspectives of Servetus, in addition to these of Calvin, and offers us a worthwhile perception into the complexities of a bothered situation.
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Defensio orthodoxae fidei de sacra Trinitate, contra prodigiosos errores Michaelis Serueti Hispani. Series IV. Scripta didactica et polemica (Ioannis Calvini Opera Omnia) by Joy Kleinstuber