Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Book Announcement - "Knox's Colleague: The Life and Ministry of John Craig"

For the past few year I have been painstakingly working on a book project that was of particular importance to me. Shortly after becoming a vocational minister, a family member of mine informed me that I come from a long line of Christian ministers. I have since surveyed the pages of history in search of these men. Among the most intriguing is my 12th-great uncle from Scotland, John Craig who was a Scottish Reformer along with John Knox. More accurately, he was Knox's colleague in Scotland.

Craig began as a Dominican Friar who was converted to Protestantism after reading Calvin's Institutes while in Rome - yes, Rome. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to death. On the eve of his execution, the pope passed away causing a riot in Rome that led to Craig's escape. Through a series of improbable events (as if his escape was not already improbable) Craig made it back to England and Scotland and became an influential voice and presence in the Scottish Reformation.

Knox infamously made the queen cry in a private conversation. Craig, on the other hand, made King James cry by means of preaching.

Craig is best known for two catechisms he wrote in 1581 and 1590. Both are staples of Reformed theology in Scotland and would be replaced later by the Westminister Confessions. For years now, I have worked to modernize his catechisms and research this great man.

That work is finally completed. In my new book Knox's Colleague: The Life and Catechisms of John Craig I provide the reader with a modernized version of both his catechism and include a wonderful biography of the reformer from Thomas Graves Law originally penned in the 19th Century. The book is, I believe, an important work in the study of Scottish theology. Though Craig does not enjoy the recognition of Knox and others (like Melville), I believe Craig's life, work, and ministry ought to be celebrated.

On the back cover of the book, I describe Craig in this way.
Martin Luther had his Philip Melanchthon. Ulrich Zwingli had his Heinrich Bullinger. John Calvin had his Theodore Beza. John Knox had his John Craig. Of these leading 16th Century Protestant Reformers and their most prominent colleagues, John Craig of Scotland is the least known, but his influence is not insignificant.
Here are the links if you would like to buy the book:
Amazon Print - $9.99
Amazon Kindle - $.99
Createspace - $9.99

Soon I will be posting some of my favorite portions of Craig's two catechism. In both of them, Craig goes out of his way to offer pithy, memorable answers to important questions of the Christian faith.

This is now my third book. For the others, click here. My authors page on Amazon is available here.


For more:
The First Cause of Our Salvation: John Craig on God's Eternal Election
John Craig on the Difference Between the Law and the Gospel
"The School of Faith" by Thomas F. Torrance: A Review
"Scottish Theology" by T. F. Torrance: A Review 
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