LAELIUS AND FAUSTUS SOCINI:
FOUNDERS OF SOCINIANISM,
THEIR LIVES AND THEOLOGY
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Published in the Spring 2002 issue of The
Journal from the Radical Reformation. A Testimony to Biblical Unitarianism.
Laelius Socinus is considered to be
the founder of the Antitrinitarian intellectual movement and Faustus Socinus the main
theoretician of the established Unitarian (Socinian) church in Poland. They belong,
respectively, to the first and the second generations of Italian reformers.[i]
Faustus Socinus was among the second generation of Italian religious refugees that, in
contrast to the first generation, was represented by individuals isolated from the rest of
the Italian emigrants in search of a place to live and to express their religious
convictions. They found such a place in Poland and in Transylvania. He was successful in
finding a supportive group and gaining recognition. However, he refused to be considered a
heresiarch or a leader of the group; rather, he thought of himself as a teacher of a
method of inquiry for understanding the Scripture.
Delio Cantimori, Eretici italiani del Cinquecento. Ricerche storiche. (Firenze:
2003 Marian Hillar.