8 Favorite Quotes from The Book “The Trial of the 16th Century” (Jonathan Moorhead)

Happy Friday! Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished. The Trial of the 16th Century by Jonathan Moorhead is published by Christian Focus and you can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“Servetus would not have been executed in Geneva if it were not for two key factors: political pressure from Vienne and Servetus’ obstinate behavior.”

Calvin is thus in the difficult place of currently being condemned by the Catholic Church for participating in the condemnation of Servetus, whereas, in the sixteenth century, the Catholic Church would have condemned Calvin for participating in the acquittal of Servetus.”

“Realizing that Servetus’ execution would take place the following day, Calvin, and only Calvin, made an appeal for a less barbarous form of execution. However, Calvin was denied his request—once again showing that Calvin’s opinions and preferences were not the rule in Geneva.”

“…a valuable inquiry is: ‘How would our predecessors want us to learn from their failures?’ Primarily, they would affirm that they are not the ultimate arbiters of truth. Luther and Calvin both attest to this.”

“The justification for this sentence was the accepted law under the Holy Roman Empire, and that of the Code of Justinian that prescribes the death penalty for denial of the Trinity and rebaptism. As mentioned previously, Calvin was unable to vote on the sentence because he was not a citizen of Geneva.”

“Denial of the Trinity would not be Servetus’ only heresy: he also held to baptismal regeneration, rejected the doctrine of justification by faith alone, believed that mortal sin was not applicable until the age of 20,10 and rejected infant baptism (also condemned as heresy at the time).”

“History cannot be viewed in a vacuum, so it is natural for God to work in culture, and not apart from it.”

“To judge another culture and time based upon one’s own is unfair, and is a violation of the golden rule to treat others as one wants to be treated.”

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