I’m posting this in the apologetics forum because this question came up in a recent discussion I had with a Reformed person.
In Catholic sources, Geneva under John Calvin is described as a despotism with moral police, mass outlawed, priests thrown in jail, etc.
In the Reformed sources I’ve read, none of the above is mentioned. Geneva is the model city, John Calvin’s ideas are the foundation of the U. S. Constitution, etc.
Obviously, these two accounts don’t match. Anybody got a secular source that can serve as a tie-breaker?