On September 30th at 7:00 pm there will be a 500th birthday celebration in memory of the birth of Michael Servetus, an important 16th century theologian burned at the stake for advocating freedom of conscience and a simpler, more compassionate Christianity. Along with cake and ice cream, we will have a reading of the first act of the screenplay, The Passion of the Heretic, a multimedia presentation of Thomas and Marilyn Clayton's 2010 research trip to Europe, and the premier introduction of Thomas' new book on Servetus, Rebel With a Cause: The Radical Reformer. The celebration will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, 5603 Hilltop Rd (at Guilford College Road), Jamestown, NC 27282-9396 Phone: 336 856-0330.
Michael Servetus was a mathematician, geographer, astronomer, editor, writer, physician, and theologian when the printing press was transforming Europe, the Renaissance was flowering, church and state were competing for power, the German Protestants were challenging the Catholic Church. Into this fiery turmoil Michael Servetus dares to challenge any and all accepted beliefs, insisting that Christianity return to its roots of love, compassion, and monotheism. Inquisitions, kings, and John Calvin, the Protestant Pope, stand in his way.