Sebastian Castellio( 1515 - December 29, 1563 )
Sebastian Castellio was a French preacher and theologian; and one of the first Reformed Christian proponents of religious toleration, freedom of conscience and thought.
Castellio was born in 1515 at >Saint-Martin-du-Frêne in the village of Bresse of >Dauphiné, the country bordering Switzerland, France, and Savoy. Under the Savoyard rule his family called itself Chateillon, Chatillon, or Chataillon. Having been educated at the age of twenty at the University of Lyon, Castellio was fluent in both French and Italian, and became an expert in Latin, Hebrew and Greek as well. Subsequently he learned German as he started to write theological works in the various languages of Europe.
Evidently his education, zeal and theological knowledge were so outstanding that he was considered to be one...