Lest there be any confusion of my view of the man, John Calvin was a fallible person, a man of his times. He had moral shortcomings and sins, but he did not kick cats and steal candy from children while he walked the streets of Geneva, nor was a "dictator."
The goal of going through particular facts is not to defend John Calvin as a Protestant saint. I see the study of any person in church history as an exercise in the love of God and neighbor. How do we love our neighbors in the study of church history? We do so with our words: If we bear false witness against our neighbors, even if they've been dead for hundreds of years, we are not loving them. I say let the people in church history be exactly who they were, warts and all.
Calvin was the Cruel and Unopposed Dictator of Geneva?
John Calvin Had 58 People Executed in Geneva?
Calvin Beheaded a Child in Geneva?
Calvin's Geneva: A woman was jailed for arranging her hair to an “immoral height"
John Calvin: “It is better to burn a few (Anabaptists) at the stake, than for thousands to burn in hell”
Calvin's Geneva: A rebellious father served four days in prison for insisting on naming his son Claude instead of Abraham
Calvin: Arrested and Imprisoned Jerome Bolsec, Then Wanted Him “Rotting in a Ditch"?
Calvin's Own Step-Daughter and Son-in-Law Were Among Those Condemned for Adultery and Executed in Geneva
Calvin's Geneva: A High Percentage of Illegitimate Children, Abandoned Infants, Forced Marriages, and Sentences of Death
Did Calvin Murder Servetus? by Standford Rives
Calvin: I have exterminated Michael Servetus the Spaniard.
Calvin Killed Servetus? Before Servetus Killed Calvin?
Calvin: We admit therefore, that ecclesiastical pastors are to be heard just like Christ himself
Church and State Government in Calvin's Geneva
Bucer: "Calvin is a true mad dog. The man is wicked, and he judges of people according as he loves or hates them"
Luther: "Oecolampadius, Calvin . . . and the other heretics have in-deviled, through-deviled, over-deviled, corrupt hearts and lying mouths."
Luther's High Regard for John Calvin?