Calvin and Religious Freedom-What Was His Problem With Physicians Anyway?
Catholicism is often criticized because of its "authoritarian" attempts to control the masses throughout the ages using ex-communication and trials to root-out heresy and schismatics. Yet, Calvin himself demanded that Genevans obey laws based on his interpretation of Scripture and ex-communicated and punished those who would not adhere, or even just question his doctrines.He was particularly annoyed with two such "heretics"- both physicians as a matter of fact! See Jerome Bolsec and Michael Servetus .
When our protestant brothers mention inquisitions and religious persecution by the Church in their attempt to discredit the Catholic Church, should we ask them if the behavior of their founders, Luther and Calvin likewise discredit their belief systems? Both of these reformers had no tolerance for those who disagreed with their new theological constructs. I think Calvin for whatever reason particularly despised doctors. I guess its that age-old feud between doctors and lawyers rearing its ugly head.