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— Desiring God (@desiringGod) October 31, 2014
Here are a three of my favorite reformers:
John Knox was ordained in the Catholic church sometime between 1530 and 1540. He first publicly professed theProtestant faith in 1545. The immediate instrument of his actual conversion was probably George Wishart, who, after a period of banishment, returned to his native country in 1544, to perish, within two years, at the stake, as the last and most illustrious of the victims of Cardinal Beaton.
While residing in the castle of St.Andrews, a stronghold and place of refuge for many Protestants, in July of 1547, the castle was seized by outside forces and John Knox became a French galley-slave for nineteen months. There he experienced hardships and miseries which are said to have permanently injured his health.
Due to the troubling times in Scotland, Knox went to England in 1549 and preached the Bible until the reign of Queen Mary I (1553 to 1558, a.k.a. Bloody Mary), during which time he removed himself to Frankfort Germany. There he came under the influence ofJohn Calvin. He eventually returned to Scotland after several years in Geneva, and began preaching against the Papal Church. He was arrested under Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland in 1560 and tried for treason, but was acquitted. He spent his remaining years preaching and lecturing in Edinburgh and St. Andrews.
John Calvin (1509-1564) was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of the theological system known as Calvinism. Martin Luther and Calvin are arguably the most significant architects of the Reformation. “If Luther sounded the trumpet for reform, Calvin orchestrated the score by which the Reformation became a part of Western civilization.”
John Huss (1369 Southern Bohemia July 6, 1415 Constance) was a religious thinker and reformer. He initiated a religious movement based on the ideas ofJohn Wycliffe. His followers became known as Hussites. TheCatholic Church did not condone such uprisings, and Hus was excommunicated in 1411, condemned by the Council of Constance, and burned at the stake.
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