Welcome

Thanks for stopping by. I'm a professor of history at Queen's University Belfast, and I write about history, culture and religion in early modern Britain, where I have special interests in John Owen ("the Atlas of the Independents") and J. N. Darby ("the Goliath of dissent"), and in the modern United States of America, where…

An invitation to John Owen

From the Gospel Reformation-UK blog: Few puritans have suffered as much as John Owen has suffered at the hands of his admirers. Ask almost anyone in Reformed circles about the greatest seventeenth-century protestant theologian, and they will tell you about his books – all bound in green, and all lined up on a high shelf,…

John Owen’s student readers in c18th Glasgow

A new database, published at the University of Glasgow, records student borrowings from the library between 1757-1771. This reveals that Owen's works were borrowed by 10 students and on 15 occasions. In 11 of these instances, students were borrowing volumes of his commentary on Hebrews. But they were borrowing Ossian on almost twice as many…