John Craig (1512-1600)

John Craig

A brief bio of John Craig, a later Reformer in the Protestant Reformation

Another laborer in the Reformation to consider is John Craig. Craig was a Dominican monk who was converted to the Protestant gospel by reading John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. While preaching in Italy, he was arrested and condemned to be burned at the stake in Rome as a heretic in 1559, but he was released by the mobs who rioted after Pope Paul IV died. Craig made his way back to his home country, Scotland, and became John Knox’s assistant in 1562. After being appointed as chaplain to King James VI, he wrote the “King’s Confession” and a catechism in 1581. This catechism became a staple in Scotland until the Westminster catechisms were released in 1647.[1]

[1] John Craig, “Craig’s Catechism” (1581), in 1567-1599, vol. 3 of Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation, ed. James T. Dennison (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), 544.

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