John Knox (c. 1514–1572) on the eternal predestination of God

Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum - Theology is the doctrine of living unto God through Christ


While John Knox (c. 1514–1572) was living in Geneva about 1558, he was asked by people back in England to answer a book circulating there titled Careless by Necessity. This work, written by an Anabaptist, denied the doctrine of Predestination. Knox complied with the English request and wrote On Predestination in Answer to the Cavillations by an Anabaptist probably completing the work while in Dieppe awaiting official permission to re-enter England. This work is the longest of Knox’s writings. No doubts exist concerning its authorship – already in the title of this book we see the character of the fiery Scottish Reformer, as will also be seen in the quotes below. Knox was independently named as its author when permission was granted for it to be printed in Geneva on Nov. 13th 1559. I realize this may be a relatively long read, but I felt none of the quotes below could be…

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