Dr. Marian Hillar, M.D., Ph.D., philosopher, theologian, and scientist, earned his degrees at the University Medical School of Danzig and studied at the Jagiellonian University and at Sorbonne. He did research and taught in Europe at the University Medical School of Danzig and the Università degli studi di Camerino, and in the USA at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Ponce School of Medicine. He is professor of Philosophy/Religious Studies and director of the Center for Philosophy and Socinian Studies. He also teaches biochemistry / molecular biology at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Dr. Hillar is the author of The Case of Michael Servetus (1511-1553) – Turning Point in the Struggle for Freedom of Conscience (Edwin Mellen Press, 1997), Michael Servetus: Intellectual Giant, Humanist, and Martyr (University Press of America, 2002), and co-translator with Dr. Christopher A. Hoffman of the major work of Michael Servetus Christianismi restituto (1553) of which four volumes have already been published by The Edwin Mellen Press. His last work, From Logos to Trinity: The Evolution of Religious Beliefs from Pythagoras to Tertullian (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (2013). Dr. Hillar is founder of the scholarly philosophical journal Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism and has been its editor for twenty years. He is a member of numerous scholarly organizations and is listed in “Who’s Who in Theology and Science.”
1997 0-7734-8572-4 Studies in the western history of church and religion often ignore the role played by the church in the destruction of the humanistic principle of morality and freedom of conscience and intellectual inquiry. This book is intended to fill this gap and trace the development of modern thought in history back to its turning point. It traces first the establishment of the morally bankrupt ideology by the post-Nicaean Christianity and its implementation in societies. On this historical background then is shown the figure of Michael Servetus, his program, his struggle to express his ideas, their repression, and their impact on the intellectual spheres of the epoch. Servetus' sacrifice induced another humanist, Sebastian Castellio, to rethink the issue of heresy and its repression and was a crucial step in forcing people evaluate the morality of prevailing church ideology. Servetus' theological inquiry initiated the study of the Bible and an attempt to uncover the real religious doctrines contained in it. Both these aspects led to a chain reaction - development of the Antitrinitarian movement - the Socinianism - the Enlightenment - American Democracy - French Revolution.
2015 1-4955-0426-3 This book is a collection of essays written over the years on various philosophical approaches to ethics. It opens with an introduction that surveys the current status of investigations by natural scientists, biologists, and psychologists on the moral behavior of humans, comparing it with the behavior of higher animals. The remainder of the book is subdivided into seven parts, which treat development of moral theories.
2015 1-4955-0336-4 This book is Servetus exposition and analysis of the early Church Fathers, theology of the Trinity and is considered to be the best of his total corpus. It represents the fifth and final volume of his treatise translated into English.
2007 0-7734-5520-5 Michael Servetus (1511-1553) was a unique and central figure in European history who originated or anticipated many later new developments and trends produced by the Enlightenment and modern times. When he was burned alive in Geneva on October 27, 1553, all unbound copies of his major work, Christianismi restitutio, went up in smoke with him. Today, only three surviving copies of the original publication are known. Except for a fragment of a few pages concerning the famous discovery of pulmonary circulation, the book was never translated into English. This edition is the first translation into English, and this book contains the first part of the original text, namely, the treatise concerning the divine Trinity corresponding to the treatise On the Errors of the Trinity (published in 1531) and Two Dialogues on the Trinity (published in 1532).
2010 0-7734-1316-2 This work provides not only a translation of the Latin writings of Michael Servetus
but also an excellent introduction and penetrating notes that contextualize the original writings. This volume also offers a detailed account of the two trials to which Michael Servetus was submitted, first in Vienne by the French Inquisition and then fatally in Geneva by Calvin's instigation. * First English Translation
2008 0-7734-5067-X The pivotal role of Michael Servetus (1511-1553), the pioneer and development of trends produced by the Enlightenment, and consequent martyr, is illuminated in this premier English translation of his writings.