I'm not the type that is really keen on following men. Furthermore, i'm not too big on defining my Scriptural positions by identifying myself with a man. However, I think we can all benefit from what men of old have researched, regardless of how good or bad they were as people. I would consider John Calvin to be one of these men. It would be difficult to imagine how, given any theological position, one could not learn from such works as the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Nonetheless, for years it has been argued that not only was Calvin a sorry excuse for a human being, but we shouldn't seek to learn from such a man. All of this for the fact that he had the Trinity-denying Michael Servedus burned at the stake.
In the vast, vast majority of instances in which Servedus is brought up (as if this would ever have any bearing on whether my theological position is true or false), you only hear one part of the story: Calvin killed Servedus. And that's it.
Say what you will about John Calvin. Think of him as the worst human being in history. Honestly, I could care less what one thinks about Calvin. But please consider all of the facts before coming to the conclusion that every Christian should throw the Institutes in the fireplace.
In THIS CLIP, James White provides the facts that are often left out.
(ht: James Swan)