Scottish Reforminist.....John Knox

by: Katelyn Johnson and Cassey Frost


John Knox, or as some called him, John Sinclair, was born in the year of 1514. He passed on the date of November 24th, 1572. He had five children, two males with his first wife, and then three females whom he acquired with his second and final wife.He passed away in the latest years that he had left. No factual cause of death was provided, but people believe that he passed away due to ill-health.


The major protest against the church that John Knox provided was that he didn't like the fact that the Pope had supreme authority over any religious views or arguments that occurred.

John also did not believe that it was morally right that the Bible was only written in Latin, when most commoners and lower class men could only speak vernacular, the Pope, knew that most common folk could not read Latin, so he himself translated it as what he wanted them to hear. Therefore he was affecting their judgement and views on the Bible.

John Knox also thought that it would be more productive if their society could elect political representatives. He came up with this argument as well.


John Knox fought for his cause during these years:


He dedicated most of his life to the Scottish Reformation.

Major Events

John Knox got a law passed that allowed citizens to freely read the Bible and then interpret it on their own. He also shaped and set a moral tone for the church.

Most Famous Quotes By: John Knox

  • “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
  • “‎"Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God."
  • "As the world gets wearie of am I of it."
  • “Although I never lack the presence and plain image of my own wretched
    infirmity, yet seeing sin so manifestly abounds in all estates, I am
    compelled to thunder out the threatenings of God against the obstinate
  • “To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature; contumely to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice.”

Major Works That Were Produced:

John Knox was an author as well, his book, as you could have predicted was about the Reformation. It is titled:

"The History of the Reformation In the Realms of Scotland."

Some Questions Commonly Asked:

  1. How did John Knox die?
  2. What was he best known for?
  3. Why was he imprisoned in England?
  4. Did Knox believe in what he fought for?