Michael Servetus, 'Out Of The Flames'

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Out of the Flames follows a Spaniard named Michael Servetus who was imprisoned in 1553, Geneva Switzerland for crimes against the Catholic Church. He simply wanted to share his thoughts with the world by publishing a book on the nature of Catholicism. He escaped execution in France but was later caught in Geneva due to his darker skin revealing his identity. John Calvin, his arch rival, ordered him to be burned alive for heresy. Heresy was considered one of the worst crimes because it could affect the minds of the faithful Catholic people. Servetus was burned at the stake in Champel along with his published book, Christianismi Restitutio. His books were thought to have all been destroyed but three copies were recovered centuries later. In order to get his book published, Servetus had to quickly and easily mass produce copies. In early fifteenth century Europe, scribes were men who hand copied books. With Johan Gutenberg’s printing press unveiled in Europe in the 1450’s, scribes were no longer essential to the mass production of books. The books printed from the printing press came from aspiring writers across Europe, including Servetus. Servetus wrote and published his book Christianismi Restitutio using this process. His inspiration for writing this piece…show more content…
Quintana studied and traveled across Europe before receiving a doctorate in Theology. He was the smartest man among the university’s faculty, perhaps the most educated in the entire local area. This man did not tell anyone that his ideals were close to Erasmus of Rotterdam. Erasmus was a famous revisionist of Catholic Church policies and practices. Quintana’s reputation may have been slandered if anyone found out about his beliefs. Under Quintana’s tutelage, Servetus read many contemporary and old texts and eventually studied the works of a German Monk named Martin
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