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Switch to Forum Live View Happy St. Servetus Day!
11 years ago  ::  Oct 27, 2007 - 9:11AM #1
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Today, October 27, is a day to celebrate freedom of conscience in spiritual matters. On this day in 1553, the theologian Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy by Geneva under the guidance of John Calvin, with all the known copies of his writings chained to his leg. (Calvin had requested that he be mercifully beheaded, but the Council of Geneva insisted upon burning.) Faithful to the last, his dying words were, "O Jesus, Son of the Eternal God, have mercy on me."

By the light of burning heretics Christ's bleeding feet I track,
Toiling up new Calvaries ever with the cross that turns not back,
And these mounts of anguish number how each generation learned
One new word of that grand [I]Credo which in prophet-hearts hath burned [/I]
Since the first man stood God-conquered with his face to heaven upturned.

For Humanity sweeps onward: where today the martyr stands,
On the morrow, crouches Judas with the silver in his hands;
Far in front the cross stands ready and the crackling fagots burn,
While the hooting mob of yesterday in silent awe return
To glean up the scattered ashes into History's golden urn.

--James Russell Lowell
"To substitute Scripture for the self-revealing Spirit is to put the dead letter in the place of the living Word." Sebastian Franck
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10 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2007 - 11:43PM #2
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I have enjoyed your posts from the old Progressive Christianity boards, and I am glad to find you here as well. As a member of a Presbyterian church, I feel shame at the way Michael Servetus was treated by my religious forbears. But as a unitarian by conviction I agree that he is one of the saints.
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