Michael Servetus

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Michael Servetus

Michael Servetus

Spanish scientist and religious thinker

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Servetus went to medical school, and continued to study the circulatory system. Previously, the lungs had been given a very minor role, but he discovered waste gas was released through breathing, and blood was reinfused with oxygen.

Servetus believed the soul resided within the blood stream. To learn more about the soul, people would have to examine the origin of the blood and its movement.

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Works:1531 "On the Errors of the Trinity"1553 "The Restoration of Christianity"

Michael Servetus was born in Spain sometime between 1506 and 1511 to a prominent buisness family. Instead of inheriting it, he was sent to law school after showing great talent.




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Extremely poor relation with the church because of his extreme views of both Christianity and Protestantism. He wanted to make Christianity to appeal to Muslims, and was extremely critical of the bible. He was later burned at the stake by the Protestants.

"Nothing can be found in the intellect if previously has not been found in the senses."

“We must not impose as truths... concepts over which there are doubts”

October 27,1553, Servetus was burned at the stake

Because of his rejection of the Trinity and eventual execution by burning for heresy, Unitarians often regard Servetus as the first (modern)Unitarian martyr —though he was not a Unitarian.

As for his use of the scientific method, Servetus' work was mainly centered around his work as a theologician who challenged church teachings and tested the waters of the limitations of Catholic tolerance.

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