My first book was Did Calvin Murder Servetus? (DCMS) You can preview in full view at books.google.com. No limitations. You can read reviews at this link hosted on this website.
If after you read DCMS, you now treat Jesus as your teacher, not Calvin, and you look for confirmation in Jesus's words for all your doctrine, then my personal objective in Did Calvin Murder Servetus? is achieved.
This is thoroughly discussed at page 433 et seq. of Did Calvin Murder Servetus?
In my experience for over 15 years in a Reformed Congregation, the only reason this idea was held onto despite its obvious implication (i.e., blasphemy) was the elevated view of Calvin as a virtual infallible teacher. Any attack on his ideas was considered an attack on a hero that is virtually worshipped. But Jesus is our Lord, not Calvin. And any doctrine that deprecates from viewing God as GOOD is the sine qua non definition of blasphemy. It cannot be correct, no matter who uttered it, whether Calvin or anyone else. Reminding ourselves that Calvin was just a man, capable of deliberate murder, and deceptive efforts to cover it up, is a good reminder so that we HEAR with critical ears what Calvin wrote.
Blessings to all in Christ.
Standford Rives, Esq. firstname.lastname@example.org
"He who attempts to overcome evil with evil, may perhaps surpass his enemy in doing injury, but it is to his own ruin; for by acting thus, he carries on war for the devil." (John Calvin, Commentary on Romans, 12:20-21.)
P.S. As a final amends to do justice to Servetus, I have issued what I believe would have been the ruling on appeal had it been granted. See "Ruling on Appeal" below.
Original Gospel of Matthew
My subsequent book Original Gospel of Matthew is described at this link on my website.