"There is nothing greater, reader, than to recognize that God has been manifested as substance, and that His divine nature has been truly communicated to mankind. It is in Christ alone that we shall fully apprehend the manifestation of God Himself through the Word" (Preamble to Restoration of Christianity).
Read this book to understand the idea that Michael Servetus was willing to die for, his idea of God. His theology was unlike any that came before it, one which he thought would be the basis for a Restored Christianity. But he was misunderstood, misrepresented, and brutally murdered because of his ideas.
His ideas are still misunderstood and misrepresented today. That is why the publishing of this book in English is so important. Servetus doesn't fit in almost anywhere (except with Swedenborg). He says the idea of three distinct persons in God tears God apart and leaves only a void, but he also affirms the divinity of Christ, unlike modern Unitarians. It seems so simple to defend the idea that God is One, and that He manifested Himself in the human form of Jesus Christ, but somehow many people think this idea is absurd.
What were the Protestants and Catholic leaders all so afraid of that they felt the need to snuff out this flame of theological reason. I believe they were afraid that Servetus' ideas were indeed what they claimed to be: a basis for the overthrow of the Christian tyrants' doctrine, and the basis for a New Christianity.
Expect to see how Servetus defends his doctrine with the scriptures, and enjoy his wrath against the abuse of Christ's message.
"May the Lord destroy all the tyrants of the Church. Amen"
More quotes from the book:
"In Christ there is not some portion of God, but the whole totality of God, the whole fulfillment of the Word and the spirit" (Restoration of Christianity, 105).
"God has revealed Himself to us, making Himself outwardly visible through the Word, yet internally perceptible through the spirit. Though He remains a great mystery in either case, He is yet such that humanity may see God Himself and possess Him. God was previously not visible, but now we shall see Him with His face unveiled, and, so long as we open the gate and step upon the road, we shall gaze upon Him as He shines in ourselves. It is time that we open that gate and this path of light . . ." (Preamble to Restoration of Christianity).
"For the heavenly Word made flesh on earth expressed the substance of flesh so that the flesh itself is said to be from heaven: because that flesh in itself actually has the divine substance from heaven" (Restoration of Christianity, 104).