The History of the Reformation in Scotland                                  


The History of the Reformation in Scotland

By John Knox

The Banner Of Truth Trust

Reviewed by Jack Kettler




“John Knox, (born c. 1514, near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland—died November 24, 1572, Edinburgh), foremost leader of the Scottish Reformation, who set the austere moral tone of the Church of Scotland and shaped the democratic form of government it adopted. He was influenced by George Wishart, who was burned for heresy in 1546, and the following year Knox became the spokesman for the Reformation in Scotland. After a period of intermittent imprisonment and exile in England and on the European continent, in 1559 he returned to Scotland, where he supervised the preparation of the constitution and liturgy of the Reformed Church. His most important literary work was his History of the Reformation in Scotland. Knox was the principle figure in the formation of the Presbyterian Church.”


A Review: 


The Reformation in Scotland by John Knox is an informative and comprehensive look at the history of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. Knox provides an accessible overview of the key figures, events, and ideas that shaped the transformation of the Scottish Church during the 16th and 17th centuries. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about Scotland's religious history and the development of the Presbyterian Church. The Reformed Church in Scotland was born out of the midst of martyrs and persecution.


The Reformation in Scotland is well-structured, no longer in old English, with chapters devoted to the important figures and events that defined the period. Knox's writing is engaging and clear, making the book accessible to readers of all levels of knowledge. The book contains interesting facts about the development of the Protestant Church in Scotland, and Knox provides context for the events that took place during this time. Moreover, He does an excellent job of exploring the influence of the Reformation on Scotland as a whole.


John Knox had a number of meetings with Mary Queen of the Scots. Knox was a passionate advocate for the Protestant faith and was not afraid to express his theological beliefs to Mary. He was uncompromising and often confrontational, which resulted in a number of heated arguments with the Queen. Knox was unafraid of the face of no human. It was only before God that he trembled. Nevertheless, He never ceased calling Mary to repent from observing the idolatry of the Roman mass. Despite their differences, Knox respected Mary's intelligence and willingness to engage in dialogue and pledged submission to her rule except for faithfulness to religious dogma. In this area, Knox argued that only God could demand submission. Mary even reportedly said that she feared the prayers of John Knox more than an army of ten thousand men.


John Knox and His First Blast is a powerful and relevant work that still resonates with importance today. Knox calls out the injustices of the Catholic Church and its rulers boldly and passionately. He speaks out against the tyranny of the monstrous rule of women tyrants. Throughout the book, Knox expresses his thoughts on the importance of religious freedom and justice. Of course, it goes without saying that Queen Mary was not too pleased with the treatise.


Overall, John Knox and his First Blast is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Reformation. It is an inspiring and thought-provoking work that will leave readers feeling inspired and empowered.


The Reformation in Scotland is an invaluable resource for those interested in the history of the Protestant Church in Scotland. Knox's engaging and comprehensive writing style makes it an accessible and enjoyable read. Knox’s book is highly recommended!


“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)


Mr. Kettler has previously published articles in the Chalcedon Report and Contra Mundum. He and his wife, Marea, attend the Westminster, CO, RPCNA Church. Mr. Kettler is the author of 15 books defending the Reformed Faith. Books can be ordered online at Amazon.