Servetism refers to the theology of Michael Servetus, which affirms that Christ was God manifested in the flesh, yet not as part of a tri-personal God, and that he did not exist previously as the Son, but as the divine Logos (the manifestation of God, or the Word of God) that became the Son after incarnation.
Servetus believed strongly in the unity of God and in the Divinity of Christ, but denied that the doctrine of the trinity of persons was the way to support these two essentials of Christian doctrine. He looked to the study of the Bible for answers, and he did not find the traditional Trinitarian doctrine affirmed there. Rather than seeing a traditional Trinitarian view reflected in the Bible, he saw confirmation of the idea that God manifested Himself in the human form of Jesus Christ.
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Keywords: Servetism, Servetus, Michael Servetus, Unitarian, Unitarians, Nontrinitarianism, Socinian, Socinianism, Arian, Arianism, Heresy, Heretic, Trinity, Three gods, Three witnesses, Father Son Holy Spirit, Father Son Holy Ghost, Father Son Spirit, Trinitarian, Trinitarianism, Triunity
Bible reference(s): Matthew 28:19, 1 John 5:7-8
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