Calvin the Dictator?

I read all over the web about how Calvin was an evil dictator and the like.  Of course, he wasn’t.  However, for those who are swayed by such rhetoric, here is a quote that shows how powerless he must have been if he was truly a dictator:
Jean Calvin“Whatever influence Calvin had in Geneva during the 1540s and the first half of the 1550s was based on the moral authority of his preaching, teaching, and wisdom. Even then, the city council often operated against his judgment and recommendations. For example, Calvin wanted weekly communion, but the city council insisted that communion should be administered only four times a year.”

~Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 13). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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