The Sad Case of Francesco Spiera (1504-1548)--A MUST READ
The following is a link to an article written by my good friend, Dr. Wes Bredenhof. The article is about the case of Francesco Spiera, an Italian lawyer from Venice who in 1548 converted to Protestantism. He was subsequently put on trial by Roman Catholic authorities during the time of the Inquisition and was pressured to recant his Protestant views. Upon doing so, he faced severe depression and died believing that he was a reprobate and sentenced to hell. Some believe his death was by suicide. Both Protestants and Catholics immediately voiced their views on the events of Spiera's life--warning respectively. Wes offers a good pastoral perspective on this sad account. The article is well worth your time. Follow the link directly to the article right here.
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n. 1. An exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock. 2. An intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
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