Ph.D., 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 Universitá
degli studi di Camerino, and in the USA at Baylor College of Medicine and
Ponce School of Medicine. He is currently professor of philosophy and director
of the Center for Philosophy and Socinian Studies. He is a contributing
editor and frequently publishes in the Humanist cultural and philosophical
monthly published in Warsaw Bez Dogmatu (Without Dogma) and editor-in-chief
of the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, published by the American Humanist
Association, Washington, DC. He has written five books and published 140
papers. He has several discoveries in the biochemical sciences. His other
specialties are modern and classical languages and history of philosophy
and religions (biblical, patristic, and comparative religious studies).
His studies were focused on the ancient Greek philosophy, moral issues in
religion and philosophy, and the development of theology and religions.
He is a world expert on Michael Servetus and on the development and ideas
of the Socinian movement in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the
precursor of the Enlightenment and American democracy. He is listed in "Who's
Who In Theology and Science" and member of numerous scholarly organizations.
"From Logos to Trinity. The Evolution of Religious Beliefs from Pythagoras Tertullian," Cambridge University Press, 2012
Juan Naya and Marian Hillar, eds., “Michael Servetus, Heartfelt: Proceedings of the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2006,” (Lanham, MD and Plymouth UK: University Press of America, 2011). 430 pp.
Thirty Letters to Calvin, Preacher to the Genevans & Sixty Signs of the Kingdom of the Antichrist and His Revelation Which is Now at Hand (from the Restoration of Christianity, 1553) by Michael Servetus. Translated by Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar. With Notes and Introduction by Marian Hillar. Preface by Alicia McNary Forsey. (Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010).
Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators:
“Treatise Concerning the Supernatural Regeneration and the Kingdom
of the Antichrist by Michael Servetus. Selected and Translated from Christianismi
restitutio by Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar,” (Lewiston,
NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press,
Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: “Treatise
on Faith and Justice of Christ’s Kingdom by Michael Servetus. Selected
and Translated from Christianismi restitutio by Christopher A. Hoffman
and Marian Hillar,” (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter,
Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008).
of Christianity: An English Translation of Christianismi Restitutio
Translated by Christopher A. Hoffman and
Published by Edwin Mellen Press
Publication date: April 2007
The Case of Michael Servetus:
(1511-1553 : The Turning Point in the Struggle for
Freedom of Conscience)
Published by Edwin Mellen Press
Publication date: June 1997
Comments on this book:
Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, Out of Flames. The Remarkable Story of a Fearless
Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World. Broadway Books,
New York, 2002.
Excerpt from Bibliographic Notes, p. 327.
For a figure as ignored by history as Michael Servetus, there is a wealth of material
to be had, both by and about him. In 1953 the theological historian Roland Bainton
published Hunted Heretic: The Life and Death of Michael Servetus (1511-1553), a biography
on which he worked, on and off, for thirty years. Marian Hillar, in 1997, published the
more comprehensive The Case of Michael Servetus (1511-1553): The Turning Point in the
Struggle for Freedom of Conscience. Hillar, a Polish expatriate and Socinian scholar, is
vitriolic in his denunciations of both Calvin and the Catholic Church, but there is no
doubting the depth of his research.
Servetus: Intellectual Giant, Humanist, and Martyr
Published by University Press of America
Publication date: February 2003