Glenn Joseph Lea
I'm a Canadian based in Berlin, Germany. My day job is a Technical Writer in the API space. I write about topics such as technology, usability, creative writing and Canadian history. All views mine. I tweet at @glennjlea. Read more about me here or at LinkedIn.
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Michael Servetus and the Socinians
William Tyndale
John Ware

History Articles

These are full length articles on various topics of history that I have written over the years. They span several topics and some include notes and further reading.

Antitrinitarians of the Reformation - From Michael Servetus to the Socinians

Portrait of Michael Servetus

Michael Servetus has the singular distinction of having been burned by the Catholics in effigy and by the Protestants in actuality. - Roland H. Bainton.

Has there ever been such a strange uniting of efforts by two powerful rivals of both Protestants and Catholics to expunge from amongst themselves someone they considered so repulsive? Probably so, but Michael Servetus was considered so diabolical that in the midst of the rupture between Rome and the Protestants, both were determined to stamp out this radical whose teachings they considered too dangerous for Christianity.

Servetus had crossed that boundary by rejecting two of the most fundamental teachings of orthodox Christianity. This was simply intolerable for the Churches and Servetus forfeited his life for his impiety. Yet Servetus did succeed. His influence survived. This article outlines his teachings and follows his contributions not so much on the course of the Reformation but on specific developments during that period. This was first and foremost an increasing tolerance for religious dissidents. And secondly, the emergence of antitrinitarianism and infant baptism as the “third way” that ultimately became the distinguishing feature of the radical Polish Brethren, otherwise known as the Socinians.

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William Tyndale – Independent Thinker in the Lollard Tradition

Portrait of Michael Servetus

“If God spare my life, ere many yeares I wyl cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he doust.” - Tyndale (as quoted by John Foxe).

Tyndale's contribution to the development of the English Bible is well known. His Theology is less so and these series of articles are an attempt to define in general terms his particular form of Christianity. Tyndale's theology is here seen as influenced by several movements, the first being Lollardy, the second Humanism, the third Lutheranism, and the fourth his own study of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. From these influences Tyndale developed a unique theology, for which he suffered a heretic's death, but who nevertheless became a forerunner of the Separatist tradition in English religious history. These topics examine the influences on his thought by Lollardy, Humanism, Lutheranism, and his own study.

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John Ware, Canada's Legendary Cowboy (1845-1905)

John Ware

Sometimes in life, you get to meet the most amazing people. When I lived in Calgary, Alberta I met the daughter of a truely legendary Canadian cowboy. His name was John Ware.

This is the story about how I first learned about a real legend, a man whom the Blackfoot Indians called "Matoxy Sex Apee Quin" because they thought he was related to the spirits. John Ware was undoubtedly one of the best cowboys ever to ride on the prairies of 19th century Alberta, Canada. What makes his story even more amazing than his skill is his backstory.He was a freed slave who made Canada home and became a hero to many black Canadians. This is his story.

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