Miguel Servet

Bienvenido a la Servetus International Society

Nuestro propósito es el de reunir a todo aquel que esté comprometido con el fomento del espíritu humanístico, la tolerancia de ideas y el respeto por los derechos individuales, preservando y promocionando la herencia de Miguel Servet como gigante intelectual, modelo de integridad y estandarte en la lucha por la libertad de conciencia.

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Michael Servetus, Heartfelt
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Treinta cartas a Calvino ; Sesenta signos del Anticristo ; Apologia de Melanchton

By Michael Servetus
Publisher: Castalia
Pages: 293
Publication date: 1981
Language: Spanish
Price: 18€

Pocos intelectuales españoles, y no solo de su tiempo, han alcanzado la talla, erudición e internacionalidad de Miguel Servet (1511 - 1553). aragonés, humanista integral, espíritu buceador, rebelde y místico, originalísimo pensador, que, entre otras obras importantes, todas en latín, dejó la monumental Restitución del Cristianismo, aparecida en 1980 a cargo del mismo editor de estos tres tratados. Las Treinta Cartas a Calvino, El Anticristo y la Apología a Melanchton son precisamente apéndices de la Restitución, y también constituyen una auténtica primicia editorial.

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Pasaje de la historia de Miguel Servet en Onda Cero

Juan Antonio Cebrián le dedicó un interesantísimo pasaje a Miguel Servet en la emisora de radio Onda Cero.

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Biography of Michael Servetus by Neil Langdon Inglis

On anniversary of birth of Michael Servetus, Neil Langdon Inglis reflects on “a mind of agile ferment and wonder, cruelly snuffed out”.

Read the essay ”Michael Servetus” by Neil Langdon Inglis in Issue 20 of Interlitq

Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for his heretical medical writings

This edited article about medicine originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 421 published on 7 February 1970.


After a council in Geneva Calvin handed Servetus over to the Church Inquisition © Look and Learn 

“STUDENT RIOT. MANY TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER STREET FIGHTING.”

The above could be the headline in a recent newspaper. But, this simple statement refers to the year 1537, when medical students in Paris rebelled against the authorities who had just condemned a new book by a 26-year-old Spanish doctor named Michael Servetus. You may wonder, why this book aroused such strong feelings. The simple truth of the matter is that it was about nothing more serious than the preparation of medicines for the cure of stomach ache! But the doctors at the University, bound as they were to traditional remedies, saw fit to criticise it most severely.

Poor Michael Servetus! He was one of those men whose entire lives seem to be dedicated to stirring up trouble. His rebellion against authority started at the age of 17, when his father, who was a successful solicitor, sent him to the University of Toulouse to study law. Outwardly, he did study law, poring over his legal books with all the dedication of a budding advocate.

But in secret he busied himself with the Bible. His consuming interest, in fact, was religion at that time, not law.

As it was, his interest in religion increased until he could no longer restrain himself from writing a book attacking the organised Catholic Church, which he thought to be very wrong in a number of ways. So worded was this book however, that it attracted the anger of Catholics and Protestants alike. It was an anger which he did little to soothe by later publishing another book, this time concerning the geography of Judea. Again, being the honest and sincere man he was, he tried to be absolutely truthful in his description of the Holy Land. This, needless to say, hardly tallied with what the Bible had to say. Servetus, quite rightly, did not see the sacred country as “a land flowing with milk and honey.” On the contrary, he thought it really rather dry and barren. The Catholic authorities were furious and they promptly condemned him to death. There was only one thing to be done, and Servetus did it. He took to his heels, and fled to Paris.

The final act, brings us to the riots in Paris. The offending book on medicines had been published the year he arrived there. Not content with the trouble this had caused, however, in the following year, 1538, he wrote another book – about the influence of the stars on health. As far as the authorities were concerned, this was the last straw. Servetus was a real troublemaker and he must go. And go he did. But not before he had acquired an outstanding knowledge of anatomy, working alongside his famous contemporary, the Flemish anatomist, Andreas Vesalius.

The road Servetus took out of Paris was long and tortuous. It led him through Avignon, on to Charlieu, to the medical school at Montpellier, and finally, in 1541, to Vienna where he remained until his death, acting as private physician to the local archbishop who had been one of his medical students in Paris. All this time he was editing and writing books on science and religion.

The climax, and final revolt, came in 1553 when he published a book entitled Christianismi Restituto. Although this work was primarily concerned with religion, it contained an important and momentous passage about the manner in which human blood moves from one side of the heart, through the lungs for purifying, and then back into the other side. This was something startlingly new, the first faltering step towards a suggestion that the blood circulates rather than ebbs and flows, an idea that was prevalent at the time. It was a great scientific discovery, yet because the book was mainly about religion, it passed almost unheeded by the physicians of the time.

Unfortunately, though, it did not escape the notice of the Church authorities. On 4th April, 1553, Servetus was arrested as a heretic on their express instructions. Nonetheless, with the help of friends, he managed to escape from prison whilst his trial was actually in progress. He set out for Geneva where he hoped to enlist the support of the great religious reformer, John Calvin, with whom he had already had some correspondence. Calvin, however, found himself unable to reconcile the physician’s beliefs with his own and therefore turned Servetus over to the dreaded Church Inquisition, offering himself both as prosecutor and witness.

On 26th October, 1553, Servetus was found guilty of heresy against the Church and condemned, once more, to death. The following morning he was escorted to a little hill overlooking the peaceful lake of Geneva and there, in the presence of Calvin himself, he was burnt alive.

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New Servetus Biography "Tolerance and the Stake"

Uwe Bimstein, German author and writer of the new Servetus Biography titled Toleranz und Scheiterhaufen: Das Leben des Michael Servet (Tolerance and the Stake: The life of Michael Servetus).

Mr. Bimstein has included new information on Michael's time in Basel and Strasbourg. At this pivotal juncture in his life, he was rebuffed by the Protestant leaders. With the knowledge that neither the Catholics nor the Protestants were willing to allow changes in their doctrines, Michael decided to publish his ideas in the book On the Errors of the Trinity.

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Servet (leño verde). Importante ópera sobre Miguel Servet. Solicitando apoyo.

Desde hace tres años una excelente ópera sobre Servet está lista para ser representada. La actual crisis económica y las consiguientes restricciones de todo tipo de subvención oficial han hecho imposible el apoyo del Ministerio de Cultura, la Concejalía de Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, el Gobierno de Aragón, y varias instituciones tanto bancarias como culturales públicas y privadas. Por ello, creemos que ha llegado el momento de involucrar en esta empresa a todos los admiradores de Servet y de su mensaje de libertad de conciencia y expresión, tan actual en estos tiempos de fanatismos e intolerancias, a fin de difundirlo lo más posible por un medio tan eficaz, aunque minoritario, como es la ópera.



Servet (leño verde) es una ópera en dos actos, de tres y dos escenas respectivamente, y duración aproximada de dos horas y un cuarto. El texto o libreto, que gira en torno a los dos procesos sufridos por Servet, en Vienne de Francia y en Ginebra, fue escrito por Ángel Alcalá, y la música compuesta por Valentín Ruiz. Alcalá, aragonés, profesor emérito de la Universidad de Nueva York (CUNY) y miembro correspondiente de la Real Academia de Historia de Madrid, es un intelectual conocido especialmente como historiador y editor de las Obras Completas de Servet en su latín original y su traductor al español en siete tomos (Zaragoza, 2003-2007). Valentín Ruiz enseñó largos años Armonía en el Real Conservatorio Superior de Música y composición en el "Teresa Berganza" de Madrid, y tiene en su haber un amplio número de obras por encargo de la "Fundación Principado de Asturias", del Centro para la difusión de la Música Contemporánea, del Festival Internacional de Música de Santander, Úbeda y Alicante, de la Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España, de los "Ciclos de Cámara y Polifonía" del Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música, del Festival Internacional de Música de Texas en Houston, de la XXXVII Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca, del XXXVII concurso internacional de Piano Premio Jaén y de la Consejería de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid.

El Maestro Ruiz posee un estilo propio, distintivo, moderno pero no modernista, por el cual ha logrado imprimir a los versos del texto de Alcalá una fuerza de evocación y emotividad inolvidables. Potentes coros (los sirvientes del obispo Palmier, con quien Servet vivía en Vienne, y el pueblo de Ginebra) no solo abren y cierran la ópera, sino que, al estilo helénico, intervienen activamente en ella comentando y subrayando la acción; oportunas arias y diálogos de los protagonistas (principalmente, Servet, Calvino Palmier, y dos personajes abstractos: la Verdad y la Libertad, que a aquél se le aparecen como en sueños) expresan con viveza las secuencias del drama que culmina en la tragedia que consume en la hoguera al pensador independiente, mientras todos juntos reclaman la magnífica utopía: “venga a nosotros Tu reino, reino de justicia y libertad, reino de paz y solidaridad”.

Para hacer posible cuando se pueda el estreno de esta ópera fascinante es necesaria la colaboración de todos. Vamos a producir un disco de promoción con una selección de coros y arias interpretados por distinguidos profesionales españoles acompañados en reducción pianística, aunque ésta solo dará mínima idea de la rica orquestación de Valentín, y vamos a colgarlo en la web de internet y ofrecer una muestra de la partitura por medio de Amazon.

Vamos a esforzarnos en recoger fondos suficientes para cubrir los gastos de la citada producción del disco y para presentar la ópera al menos como concierto, esperando que surja algún mecenas privado para llevarla a escena independientemente de la impotencia o de la negligencia de los responsables públicos de la cultura.

Con este motivo, se solicitan donativos en euros, dólares o cualquier otra moneda que, concretando Para Ópera Servet, se pueden ya ingresar en la cuenta corriente de Servetus International Society número 2013 0220 33 0200888484 en Caixa Catalunya, Av. Mistral, 45-47, 08015 Barcelona, en la cuantía que a cada uno le permitan sus posibilidades. Apelamos a la generosidad de los miembros de Servetus International Society, del Instituto de Estudios Sijeneses ¨Miguel Servet¨ con sede en la casa natal de Miguel en Villanueva de Sijena (Huesca), de los unitarios de todo el mundo, orgullosos de aceptar algunas de sus doctrinas, y de todos los admiradores de Servet y su mensaje, para hacer real cuanto antes este sueño de su ópera.

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Profesora de música con amplia experiencia docente,
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Michael Servetus, Heretic or Saint? - Edition Kindle

By Radovan Lovci

Edition: Kindle
Publisher: Sharpless House, Inc.
Pages: 42
Publication date: 2010
Language: English
Price: 2,68$

In 1553, Dr. Michael Servetus was executed by burning at the stake by Swiss Calvinists. John Calvin branded Servetus as a heretic based on correspondence they had. Calvin even said, "If Servetus comes to Geneva, I shall never let him leave alive-if my authority has any weight." Servetus was also denounced as a heretic by French Catholics who questioned him, but had to let him go for lack of evidence. Then, thanks to the submission of 17 of the letters that were part of his correspondence with the Protestant Calvin, the Catholic Inquisition convicted Servetus of heresy and sentenced him to death. He managed to escape only to be arrested by the Protestant City Government in Geneva. For the second time, the Spanish scholar was tried and sentenced to die, this time by Protestants.

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New Book: Michael Servetus: Humanist And Martyr

By John F. Fulton
Publisher: Literary Licesing, LLC
Pages: 108
Publication date: 2012
Language: English
Price: 24,95$

With A Bibliography Of His Works And Census Of Known Copies.

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