Why have I used the pseudonym Servetus the Evangelical for my book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ? I have been an Evangelical Christian all of my adult life. I have chosen Servetus' name as part of my pseudonym because I agree with several major teachings he believed that got him executed as an alleged heretic. It is also because I desire to identify with Servetus' objective spirit of inquiry as well as the courage of his convictions. I believe Michael Servetus was a genuine Christian.
Why do I have a pseudonym for this book? And why did I keep these christological beliefs mostly a secret for nearly three decades? One reason was that if my fellow Evangelicals had known about them, most would not have accepted me as a genuine Christian, deemed me a heretic or worse, an apostate, and ostracized me from the Evangelical community. I have never desired to leave the Evangelical community. It has been my church home for almost all of my adult life. Yet my plan had always been to go public with these christological beliefs when I finished thjs book.
I believe strongly that God has led me to write this book. Two people close to me were concerned about me if I did. So, they suggested that if I did, I should publish it using a pseudonym. Their reasons were that I would avoid persecution from Christians and not inhibit opportunities to publish my other works. They convinced me. I had planned not to reveal my identity until three years after the book was published. But subsequent circumstances caused me to have to reveal my identity in late 2009.
I don't think using a pseudonym, and thereby denying authorship, is a lie in accordance with God's laws. Rahab did God's will in lying to men sent to her by the King of Jericho. And God himself sent a lying spirit to wicked King Ahab. Besides, authors have a legal right to use a pseudonym to disguise their identity, and they have an ethical right to do so if they might incur religious persecution.
In fact, some early leaders of the Protestant Reformation, from which much of today's Evangelical church community derives, wrote books using pseudonyms. Many did it to avoid being arrested by the Catholic Inquisitors and imprisoned or put to death as an alleged heretic. Anti-Trinitarian Michael Servetus and Protestant Reformer John Calvin, both former Roman Catholics, used pseudonyms in publishing some of their works.
Regardless, in late 2010 I revealed my identity as Servetus the Evangelical, the author of The Restitution of Jesus Christ. Now my name is also on the front cover of the book along with my pseudonym.
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