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On Rebellion

Knox( )
Author: Knox, John
Editor: Mason, Roger A.
Contribution by: Geuss, Raymond
Skinner, Quentin
Series title:Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Ser.
Publication Date:Jan 1994
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $52.95
Book Description:

An edition of John Knox's most important writings on the theme of rebellion against tyranny.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: History / Europe / Great Britain / Scotland
History / Europe / General
Religion / Christian Church / History
Religion / Religion, Politics & State
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):13.9 x 21.6 x 1.9 cm
Book Weight:0.4 Kilograms
Author Biography
Knox, John (Author)
Scottish theologian and leader of the Reformation in Scotland, John Knox was born near Haddington in Lothian. After attending university, probably at St. Andrews, Knox returned to Haddington, where he entered the Catholic priesthood in about 1540. He also became tutor to the sons of several influential families with political ties to Protestant reformers.

Knox's sympathies for Reformation doctrines soon were revealed by his support of George Wishart, a Scottish Reformer who was put to death for heresy in 1546. During the years of political and religious turmoil in Scotland, Knox was captured by French forces in 1547 and held prisoner until 1549. From this experience, he emerged as the voice of the Scottish Reformation, convinced of his calling to defeat the Catholic church, which he now termed "the synagogue of Satan." After his release from prison, he worked with the Protestant regency ruling for Edward IV in England and helped shape The Book of Common Prayer. When the Catholic Mary Tudor came to the English throne in 1553, Knox left England and eventually moved to Geneva, where his strong Presbyterian beliefs were finally forged from the teachings of John Calvin.

In Calvin's "Bible Commonwealth" at Geneva, Knox had found the ideals of the true Protestant church. His mission became one of wiping out the vestiges of Catholicism in Scotland by leading the true church to enforce its strict religious beliefs and rules of conduct on individuals. To achieve this, Knox reasserted Calvin's conviction of the people's right to overthrow any ruler who attempts to enforce the supremacy of false doctrine (Catholicism) on their subjects.

In 1559 Knox returned to Scotland, where he led a group of Protestant nobles intent on ending the power of the Roman Catholic church and overthrowing Mary Stuart. He was now recognized as the leader of the Reform movement. Even before this, however, he had begun to encourage the organization of reformed congregations that ass

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