The works of john knox 6
The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) by John KnoxJohn Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who brought reformation to the church in Scotland. He was educated at the University of St Andrews and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1536. Influenced by early church reformers such as George Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the Scottish church. He was caught up in the ecclesiastical and political events that involved the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546 and the intervention of the regent of Scotland, Mary of Guise. He was taken prisoner by French forces the following year and exiled to England on his release in 1549.
While in exile, Knox was licensed to work in the Church of England, where he quickly rose in the ranks to serve King Edward VI of England as a royal chaplain. In this position, he exerted a reforming influence on the text of the Book of Common Prayer. In England he met and married his first wife, Marjorie. When Mary Tudor ascended the throne and re-established Roman Catholicism, Knox was forced to resign his position and leave the country.
Knox first moved to Geneva and then to Frankfurt. In Geneva, he met John Calvin, from whom he gained experience and knowledge of Reformed theology and Presbyterian polity. He created a new order of service, which was eventually adopted by the reformed church in Scotland. He left Geneva to head the English refugee church in Frankfurt but he was forced to leave over differences concerning the liturgy, thus ending his association with the Church of England.
On his return to Scotland, he led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Protestant nobility. The movement may be seen as a revolution, since it led to the ousting of Mary of Guise, who governed the country in the name of her young daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots. Knox helped write the new confession of faith and the ecclesiastical order for the newly created reformed church, the Kirk. He continued to serve as the religious leader of the Protestants throughout Marys reign. In several interviews with the queen, Knox admonished her for supporting Catholic practices. Eventually, when she was imprisoned for her alleged role in the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley, and James VI enthroned in her stead, he openly called for her execution. He continued to preach until his final days.
The Works of John Knox
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Unfortunately for many years hardback sets of Knox s Works have been virtually unobtainable by, and inaccessible to, the general public. Now, to mark the th anniversary of his birth probably in and the th anniversary of the completion of the first definitive edition of the Scottish reformer's Works , these rare volumes have been reprinted. The present republication of the reformer's writings provides a unique and remarkably affordable opportunity for a new generation of students to rediscover and get to know the real John Knox. While these volumes will be invaluable for students, their message deserves a much wider readership. At a time when many are concerned how Christian influence is to be revived in the 'post-Christian' West, Knox tells the story of events set in what were, in many ways, days darker than our own.
Footnotes are numerous and many are lengthy. They are placed at the end of the book for easier reading of the text. There are numerous asterisks in the text, three of which pp. Other asterisks will be seen in footnote references to outside sources. There are multiple instances of different spellings for the same word. Those have been retained.
While these volumes will be invaluable for students, their message deserves a much wider readership. The production of this six-volume set has been designed to last into the next century. It represents an important contribution to both a more accurate view of Knox and at the same time carries its own message for those who may be perplexed about both the contemporary condition and the future prospects of the church today. Table of Contents:. Volume I.