Originally Posted by Dr.Sid
Considering that his life overlapped the PEAK of the burning times? Not really, no. We're talking about a time when you could literally be burned alive for believing in God but not Jesus, a.k.a., being a Jew or a Moor. Or even with Jesus, for being a protestant in Catholic states, or viceversa, or even for being the wrong shade of protestant in protestant states.
Hell, disagreeing with the Pope about Mary's hymen could get you burned alive. See, Giordano Bruno. No, seriously, it was one of the accusations against him. (You have to wonder what's with the raging hardon about Mary's pussy among catholics
) Along with, yes, Jesus being God (as part of the trinity) or Jesus being necessary in order to be saved.
So do you really think "you don't need to really believe, just act like you do" would really fly?
You're aware that the whole reason they had an Inquisition was to root out people who don't really believe, but just fake it, right?