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History of the Reformation in Scotland Paperback – December 1, 1982
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Throughout the narrative Knox reveals many facets of an early, developing Reformed orthodoxy. Knox very clearly believed in the continuation of prophetic gifts. He notes that the proto-martyr Mr. George Wishart was "so clearly illuminated with the Spirit of Prophecy" that he was able to see what would happen to the realm afterwards (Knox, 52). Knox himself was said to have this gift, though Knox explains it as being so immersed in the Law of God and continually applying this knowledge to interpreting Providence (271 n.1). Perhaps this is what St Paul meant when he said seek earnestly the gift of prophecy.
In Knox we also see--not surprisingly--a budding anti-Roman apologetics. Knox's narrative is focused on the idolatry of the Mass. Knox examines the way Romanists view the Mass: 1) Is Christ being offered to the Father for the sins of the Church? or 2) Is Christ merely being offered as a remembrance to God? If (1), then does not this action replace the office of Christ, which performed the once offering up of himself to God? But if (2), then does this not imply that God forgets stuff? In either case, Knox notes that believers are simply commanded to take the Supper in both kinds in remembrance of Christ's death (242ff).Read more ›
The original book is 5 (possibly 6) volumes, this edition only includes quick glances at each one and the last two volumes are introduced briefly. For anyone truly interested in seeing what the History of the Reformation is about this book is certainly not helpful.