Written by Standford Rives, Esq. , published 2008 is about 606 pages long.
Controversial and sure for a bashing from Calvinist. This is free ebook available from http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/. Thoroughly researched -with a lot of footnotes.
I will give my review when I finished it. However-it’s main theses is that Calvin haunted,prosecuted and have Servetus s executed because (from page 40 or 62 of the ebook) :
The printed text dealt with Calvin’s doctrine on infant baptism.
Calvin believed an infant should be baptized, and this effectuates
thereby entry of the child into the New Covenant. Servetus’
handwritten note said: “Anyone who says one can be justified with-
out faith in Jesus has a demon.” Servetus was an adamant sola-
fidist in the footsteps of the young Luther. And by rejecting
infant baptism, Servetus meant to uphold sola fide.
Proof this was the insult that particularly angered Calvin is
that two years later, after Calvin deposited the original document
with the Inquisitor’s office at Vienne, France, and hence it was no
longer available to Calvin, he could still loosely quote it from
memory. Calvin says in his Defensio of 1554 that Servetus “wrote
with his own hand that the faith of demons reigned at Geneva; that
we had no church nor God there; because, that by the baptizing of
infants, we did disown Christ.” In this 1554 exaggerated para-
phrase, we can still see the “has a demon” quote from documents
Calvin had sent to the Inquisition at Vienne, France in March 1553,
but which were only retrieved in 17479 by the scholar D’Artigny.
Servetus’ harsh words were a sore and bitter pill that Calvin never
forgot nor forgave. It is obviously what caused Calvin to remain
angry with Servetus over the span of many years. The pursuit of
Servetus unto death has no other primary explanation than revenge
over personal insults made by Servetus of Calvin. ”
And that the accususation regarding being “antitrinitarian” is just meant to make sure that Servetus gets the capital punishment for blasphemy. The Justinian Codex is not in effect in Geneva and Servetus ‘sin’ is heresy-not blasphemy which Calvin keeps obfuscating before the Little Council.
This is damning evidence against Calvin. He is really truly just a man-and not our Lord. But we should not throw his doctrine out immediately-but we must be cautious in using his words in explaining and maintaining it. We must remain within Scriptural bounds-especially about double predestination or reprobation.