John Calvin Murder?

rfields's picture

I have been reading that John Calvin is a murder... Does anyone know of a realable source that I can read to find information on this? What I have found thus far is two interperation on this topic, I want to read a primary source.

noprem's picture

in re Servetus

Aside from the excellent notes above, I can suggest that Calvin would bristle at "murder". He was defending God, as he saw it, against an anti-God person. That justified all sorts of violence for centuries on the part of "Christian" leaders of churches and states.
BTW I don't agree- I'm with the reasonable statement of God [Calvin] or the Son of God [Servetus and Jesus]: "My kingdom is no part of this world. If my kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be delivered up to the Jews" and "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father to supply me at this moment more than twelve legions of angels?" Certainly Calvin- not being under attack himself nor being God himself- could have left the matter in God's hands. But that would require a level of reasonableness that few if any "Christians" possessed for most of the last 2000 years. :-(