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AN

APOLOGY

FOR

DR. MICHAEL SERVETUS :

INCLUDING

AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE, PERSECUTION,

WRITINGS AND OPINIONS:

Being designed to eradicate

BIGOTRY AND UNCHARITABLENESS:

AND TO PROMOTE

LIBERALITY OF SENTIMENT

AMONG CHRISTIANS.

BY RICHARD WRIGHT,

One is your Master even Christ, ard al! je are brethren.

CILRIST
Who art thou that judgesé da collect;

PAUL

WISBECH,

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DEDICATION.

To Calvinists in general;----to the admirers of Mr. Andrew Fuller's book, entitled the Calvinistic and Socinian systeins compared as to their moral tendency, in particular;---the following pages are inscribed; as af

fording a display of the practical influence of Calvinisin, on the temper and conduct of its first promulgators; and as a necessary sequel :-to--the above work, being illustratie of its leading principle:

By their sincere wellwisher,

THE AUTHOR. b 2

PRE FACE.

CALVIN has had multitudes of admirers; poor Servetus has been held in general disrepute.--Even in the present enlightened age, there are those to be found who will not believe that the former was a persecutor, though no historic fact is more unquestionable, or that the latter was a virtuous and good character.

That Calvin persecuted Servetus to prison and to death, merely for his opinions, cannot be denied by any person who is acquainted with the ecclesiastical history of those times. Calvin's owar writings prose the fact; for he attempted to defend his contact in bringing his opponent to the flames Eary of his disciples, those who adhere to bisopinions and call themselves after him, 'admittliat he procured the destruction of Servetus, though they attempt to palliate his conduct; as if deliberate persecution and murder could adnit of palliation.

There are those who contend that the infainous conduct of Calvin and his coadjutors, in pleading for and practising persecution, ought to be buried in oblivion; because they cannot

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