Did Calvin Murder Servetus?

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Infinity, Dec 21, 2008 - Religion - 606 pages
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"The purpose of this book is to examine the legality of the trial of a Spanish physician Michael Servetus. Servetus was burned at the stake in the protestant city of Geneva for the crime of heresy. His trial was organized and manipulated by the protestant theologian John Calvin, the father of reformed theology. Proponents of Calvinist theology have long maintained the innocence of Calvin in claiming that he had acted well within the bounds of Geneva's legal jurisdiction. It is also proposed that John Calvin's motives in seeking the death of the Spaniard were the benevolent and pious desire to defend the true faith against the errors of heresy. Almost 500 years after the martyrdom of Michael Servetus the facts have been obscured by well-meaning apologetics. Standford Rives takes on the monumental task of uncovering the historical truth underneath the centuries of misrepresentation and tailored research."--Amazon.com.

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Rives book here has been grossly attacked by the two earlier bias reviews for exposing a great cover up of the treasonous act to God using His sovereignty and grace to promote a post Catholic group called the reformation movement. Luther was supposed to be a big hero, yet kept many Catholic traditions such as infant baptism, etc... and later wrote and spoke openly of terrorizing and even murdering (as Luther called the "snake Jews", Luther is well known for being one of Hitlers heroes!
This book is historically well documented, and the fruits of John Calvin and his self proclaimed thugs of "Grace" are proven to have gone directly against the teachings of the Biblical and Spirit of God spoken through Jesus Christ. To read those who refute history in the pro reformation one would have to wonder if there was any truth in the world until John Calvin plagiarized many of the writings of the Gnostic influenced Catholic leader Augustine. For Calvin to threaten to murder others (as the Catholic Church did) for the gospel of God in the spirit of love and grace is certainly not of God. Research on the taboo subject of the reality of the roots of Calvinism is not one that those who have been indoctrinated want to admit, yet is a true and factual story that must be told. Just a simple unbiased study of the attack on the anti-Baptists show the rotten fruit. Jesus Christ was and is the ONLY great reformer, not any man be it a reformed or none reformed person.

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Rives sets about re-examining the evidence garnered from a multititude of older and modern sources which have documented and analysed the conduct of both Servetus and Calvin in the times before and after the trial of Servetus. The evidence is well presented and stacked, alleging that Calvin was solely responsible for the reporting of Servetus to the Catholic inquisition in France, and when that did not secure his death (Servetus escaped from prison), Calvin then set about having the authorities in Geneva arrest and try Servetus on charges of heresy, and subsequently blasphemy, following Servetus travelling to Geneva after discovering Calvin's involvement (from personal letters exchanged between the pair that apparently ended up with the inquisitors in France). Rives puts his own legal skills to use as he lays out the evidence, blow after blow, against Calvin using material from supporters of Calvin and Servetus. A highly enjoyable read from which the reader can draw their own conclusions from Rives' prosecution of Calvin. Does the evidence stack up? You decide.
Contrary to another reviewer, Rives does NOT own or operate jesuswordsonly website and has no affiliation with it. This book is referenced on that website as a good read by the owner of that website, but that is where the connection ends.


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Standford Rives has been a Christian since age 15, and was a member of a Calvinist church for over 10 years. As an attorney, Rives examines the trial of Servetus initiated by Calvin and prosecuted by Calvin to determine whether Calvin was responsible for wrongfully killing Servetus as a heretic.

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