A restless activist who had at one point tried to point England in the direction of Calvinism. Fleeing England from Queen Mary I’s bloody persecution of Protestants, John went to the continent where he developed the theory that Protestants had the right to resist, by force if necessary, any Roman Catholic ruler who tried to prevent their worship and mission. When civil war in Scotland broke out in 1559, Knox rushed home. When the Calvinists were in control of Edinburgh in the summer of 1560, Knox drafted the articles of religion which parliament accepted for the country, thereby abolishing Roman Catholicism. When Queen Mary of Scots returned to her kingdom she found it in the lap of Protestant "heresy".
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