I just read an article concerning the execution of Michael Servetus in Geneva back in the 1500's around the time of the Reformation. He was a heretic denying the Trinity and other reformed doctrines. However he was buned at the stake and John Calvin had a part in this. Many well known reformers agreed that he was a heretic. I never knew this of Calvin. Was it common practice by the reformed brothers to execute heretics? I know the Roman Catholic Church executed many but I never knew of this terrible marks against Calvin and others of this time. Does this change your view of Calvin and other reformers? It does me! How could Christ rule their hearts by convincing them to burn people at the stake for disagreeing about doctrine? For a long time now I have held these men in high regard for their strong stance upon the truths of scripture. I'm going to have to rethink what I believe about the reformed doctrines if the men who started it all were that evil in the heart. does this effect any of you in the same way?