On the 335th anniversary of Owen’s death

“I have no inclination to be dissolved at the end,” he admitted, “but only as the means for another end, that without it I cannot be with Christ” (Works, 9:349).

More “new” Owen sermons

Readers of John Owen have gained an extraordinarily important new resource in volume two of The Works of Lucy Hutchinson, edited by Elizabeth Clarke, David Norbrook and Jane Stevenson, with textual introductions by Jonathan Gibson and editorial assistance from Mark Burden and Alice Eardley (Oxford University Press, 2018). Hutchinson was, of course, one of the most…

Owen sermon notes from 1653

I've just come across this important resource - a notebook of sermons heard in Oxford in 1653-54, with notes taken by Thomas Aldersey, shortly after he matriculated at Brasenose College. The list of preachers is a bit of a who's-who of Cromwellian Oxford, and includes such names as Thomas Cole, John Conant, Edward Reynolds, Henry Savage,…

John Owen in the Irish Times

This article appeared on the The Irish Times website, 6 December 2017. Ireland’s first revolution was part of a long religious war. By 1649, the island had been in turmoil for eight years, since unrest in Ulster had spiralled into a national conflict involving five independent armies, from three nations, in a bewildering succession of alliances.…

Thoughts on Reformation day

Exactly five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, an undistinguished professor of theology in a small German town posted a list of ideas that he hoped might contribute to ongoing debates about the reformation of the church. Or so the story goes. Martin Luther’s voice was one among many making suggestions about how the…

My review of the Cowan and McGraw monographs

John Owen (1616-83) is attracting increasing attention far beyond the theological circles in which his memory was, for many years, preserved. Owen has long been recognised as having been central to the rise and fall of the English republic – preaching to MPs on the day after the execution of Charles I, accompanying Cromwell as…

More prospects for John Owen studies

Earlier this summer, prompted by the inaugural conference of the Jonathan Edwards Centre (UK) and a glance through M. X. Lesser's Reading Jonathan Edwards, I reflected on similarities and differences between academic approaches to the study of John Owen and Jonathan Edwards. The recent monographs by Martyn Cowan and Ryan McGraw have reinforced our need to pursue…

Bibliography: Christopher Haigh on “The Church of England, the nonconformists and reason”

Christopher Haigh, "The Church of England, the nonconformists and reason: Another Restoration controversy," Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2017), pp. 1-26 [available here]. Christopher Haigh's latest intervention in the discussion about the character of Restoration conformity and nonconformity sits alongside the article he published in the same journal last year, and raises the hopeful prospect that he may have much…