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        John Knox


John Knox (c.1505-1572) was the leader of the Scottish Reformation. He was born near Haddington, of respectable parents, and received a broad education. As a Roman priest he began studying Fathers such as Augustine of Hippo, and he came to a saving knowledge of Christ while still in his youth. He became strongly attached to George Wishart, whose early martyrdom did not daunt him but rather stirred him to continue steadfast in the faith. After a time of preaching in the castle of St Andrews, Knox was captured by the French (1547) and used as a galley-slave until his release in 1549. He preached in England under Edward VI until the accession of 'Bloody Mary' in 1553, when he fled for his life to Europe. In Geneva he came into contact with the Frenchman John Calvin, and helped to translate the Geneva Bible. Receiving a call from Scotland he returned in 1559, where, by the grace of God, he saw the emergence of a Protestant nation. Knox's boldness and influence were unsurpassed, and he was not ashamed to speak the truth before hostile rulers. He had a great love for Jesus Christ and His infallible Word, his doctrine being warmly evangelical and imprinted with a firm knowledge that truth cannot reign safely alongside error. Today John Knox is widely known not only as a Reformer, but also for his controversial treatise, "The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women", in which he opposes the woman usurping authority over the man.



A Summary of John Knox's Doctrine


Prayer in Edinburgh after Great Deliverance


Of Women in Politics