Martyn Cowan’s new book on Owen

Martyn Cowan, who teaches historical theology at Union Theological College, which is part of the Institute of Theology, Queen's University Belfast, has just published John Owen and the civil war apocalypse: Preaching, prophecy and politics. You can read a very lengthy section here. Having read some of this material in its earlier iteration, I know this…

John Owen and the “Plymouth Brethren”

I've spent the last few days attending the biennial conference of the Brethren Historians and Archivists Network, which was held this year in Maynooth. Among many excellent presentations, Jean DeBernardi (University of Alberta) spoke on "The emplacement and indigenization of the Brethren movement in Penang and Singapore"; Donald Akenson (Queen's University, Kingston) thought about "Remembering Rodney King:…

Beginning research in early modern religious history

Formative reading It is useful to develop a considered approach to the discipline of history, to your research project, and to the opportunities to which your project might lead. These books offer useful insights into the kinds of work that research in early modern religious history might involve: On doing historical work: James M. Banner,…

Prospects for John Owen studies

Yesterday, Ken Minkema (Yale), Paul Helm (King's College, London), and Michael McClenahan (Union Theological College, Belfast) addressed the inaugural conference of the Jonathan Edwards Centre (UK), which links researchers in the University of Liverpool and Queen's University Belfast with colleagues in the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale. Each of these presenters referenced John Owen. Quite apart…

Bibliography: Lee Gatiss on “Socinianism and John Owen”

Lee Gatiss, "Socinianism and John Owen," Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20:4 (2016), pp. 43-62. Lee Gatiss completed his Cambridge PhD on Owen's commentary on Hebrews, and this recent publication delves into its representation of the controversy between orthodox Catholics and protestants and the new religious movement led by Faustus Socinus. Socinian arguments reached beyond debates about Christology…

Owen on Christ’s making peace

John Owen, Doctrine of the saints perseverance, in Works, 11:398. This doctrine renders Jesus Christ lovely to our souls, to the souls of believers. It represents him to them as the “standard-bearer to ten thousand,” as one “altogether lovely,” as exceeding desirable in the work of his oblation, and lovely and amiable in the work of his intercession, as hath…

William Kelly on John Owen

"... it is refreshing to turn to the excellent and learned Dr. John Owen. None can say that Cromwell's Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Plymouthized; none can deny that for spiritual judgment he is incomparably beyond any of the adversaries of the "Brethren." His orthodoxy and his piety are unimpeachable; yet his doctrine (as far as it…