Calvin’s birthday week is here! Calvin was born on June 10, 1509, and to mark this occasion, like every other Calvinist blogger, I will post on our favorite theologian all week (probably a series of trivia questions, so stop by each day to see how much you really know about Calvin). Here is today’s question, with the answer in the comment section.
Contrary to popular opinion, Calvin did not burn the heretic Michael Servetus at the stake. Who did?
a. Calvin’s opponents, the Libertines. When they heard that Calvin requested a more humane beheading for Servetus, the Libertines decided to burn him instead.
b. the Roman Catholics. They were furious that Servetus had escaped from their prison in Vienna, and they wanted him back so that they could kill him themselves.
c. Jerome Bolsec. An opponent of Calvin because he disagreed with Calvin’s view on predestination, Bolsec killed Servetus to prove to his fellow Genevans that he did stand for something.
d. the Italian mob. Servetus owed them money from his anesthesia-free dentistry practice that failed.