An event of considerable interest in the religious world is the publication of the first of two volumes containing the Registers of the Company of Pastors of Geneva which cover the period of Calvin’s residence in that city. This present volume, in fact, puts in its appearance out of chronological order, for it covers the final years of Calvin’s life, from 1553 to 1564. Next to appear will be the volume covering the earlier years, and the editors (Dr. R. M. Kingdon and Messieurs J.-F. Bergier and Alain Dufour) not only promise a third volume comprising a general introduction, but also express the hope that they may be able to extend the enterprise in yet further volumes which will relate to the years from Calvin’s death to the end of the sixteenth century—years which are less well known but of great significance in the development of the Reformation in Europe. The work is being published, under the supervision of the Rev. J. Marcellus Kik as managing editor, by Librairie E. Droz of Geneva—a publishing house already having to its name a distinguished sequence of works on personages and movements of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The text of these contemporary records is partly in French and partly in Latin, and the writer of this review is preparing an English translation for publication next year.
1553 was the year of the arrest, trial, and condemnation of Michael Servetus, the notorious assailant of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. As early as 1531, when only 20 years old, he had published his Seven Books concerning the Errors of the Trinity. Subsequently he had studied medicine and practiced as a physician. His work The Restitution of Christianity appeared in 1553, and this same ...1
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