AHC: More popular Michael Servetus

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by GauchoBadger, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. GauchoBadger Representative of Gamers to Society

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    Miguel Serveto, AKA Michael Servetus, was a Spanish-born medical physician, astronomer, and Christian theologian from the 16th century who is mostly famous for expressing a radical view of the Father-Son-Spirit trinity, in a way that could be considered a derivation of the Arianist doctrine from Late Antiquity. He was also an Unitarian, arguing that church organizations were tainted by the profane matters of state. He was arrested by the inquisition at Lyon around 1552 and sentenced to death, but managed to escape to Geneva. There, Servetus met the Protestant leader John Calvin, who, unfortunately, also had contemptuous opinions towards his ideology. Calvin sentenced Servetus to burning at the stake, an act which drew serious criticism upon him by the local Protestant community. The spaniard's teachings would leave a small legacy in the form of the Unitarian movement.
    So, my question is... how can we make it so that Servetus becomes as influential as Luther or at least Calvin in the grand scheme of the 16th century Reformation? Who could his ideology appeal to?
     
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    He calculated that the archangel Michael would come to fight the antichrist within a few years. He possibly believed that he was said archangel. Those ideas will have to go.
     
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  3. GauchoBadger Representative of Gamers to Society

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    Could Servetus' followers, in an ironic twist of fate, end up creating their own church organization with the intent of replacing all others, only to see it become another competing standard?
     
  4. Kellan Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    Why not. Wasn't it essentially what Luther and Calvin had done? Not that they had intended to replace Catholicism (at least in Martin's case), but they DID become a competing standard.
     
  5. Alexander the Average Anti-lion tamer

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    Basically this but for religion:

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  6. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

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    Calvin was pretty much contemptuous of anyone not Calvin. Let's give him an accident and Servetus could live to create Servetism.
     
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    Alternatively, Servetus had been trying to convince him of his way of thinking through letter beforehand. It might be a bit of a stretch but if he is able to convince Calvin of the merits of Unitarianism that could change things up.
     
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