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Episode #41

Did Calvin Murder Heretics?

Show Notes

Who was Michael Servetus and what was Servetus’ view of the Trinity? How does Servetus’ biblicism lead him to reject Nicene and scholastic trinitarianism? How does the sixteenth century historical context shed light on the execution of Servetus? How are we to understand Servetus last words? What role did Calvin play in the Servetus affair…and what role did he not play? How does the Servetus affair help us think through church-state relations, trinitarianism, and even eschatology?

In this episode of the Credo podcast, Matthew Barrett talks with Gary Jenkins about Michael Servetus, John Calvin, and Trinitarianism.

Gary W. Jenkins (PhD, Rutgers University) is the John H. Van Gordon Professor in History, Chair of the History Department, and the Director of the Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture at Eastern University, where he has served since 1994. He is the author of Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Traditions, From Rome to Zurich, between Ignatius and Vermigli, John Jewel and the English National Church: The Dilemmas of an Erastian Reformer, and Calvin’s Tormentors: Understanding the Conflicts That Shaped the Reformer.


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