‘Out of the Flames’ is prehaps the best popular introduction to Michael Servetus and the world of the Reformation currently available. It is much more than the story of a rare book. For example, Servetus’ historical and Biblical studies led him to the conclusion that Christianity had become corrupted following the first century…
or during the first three centuries of our Common Era. He learned that the Church had promoted false teachings that eventually led to the adoption of the Trinity as an official doctrine. At the age of 20, Servetus published his book ‘On the Errors of the Trinity’, a work that made him a principal target of the Inquisition.
Servetus saw things clearly. “In the Bible,” he wrote, “there is no mention of the Trinity. . . . We get to know God, not through our proud philosophical concepts, but through Christ.” He also came to the conclusion that the holy spirit is not a person but, rather, God’s force in action (See John Hales (1584- 1656). Such a view remains a challenge for anyone today, like Servetus, who is sincerely interested in truth. A valuable lesson, and thank you, Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone for a great book!