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Number of Pages: 193
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 1996
|Dimensions: 19.6 X 12.9 X 1.3 (inches)|
John Owen (1616-1683) was one of the defining theologians in the Christian era. His books have been continually in print and are still influential today. Educated at Queen's College, Oxford, he was a moderate Presbyterian who became a Congregationalist after reading a book by John Cotton. He later helped draw up the Savoy Declaration, the Congregational Basis of Faith.
During the English Civil War Owen was wholly on the side of the Parliamentarians, accompanying Cromwell on expeditions to Scotland and Ireland as Chaplain. Owen was influential in national life and was made Vice-Chancellor of Christ Church Oxford. After the Restoration of the Monarchy he was ejected from this position and devoted his energies to developing 'godly and learned men', in writing commentaries and devotional books, and in defending nonconformists from state persecution.
Andrew Thomson uses various sources for this biography including Owen's adversaries 'who could not be silent on so great a name or withhold reluctant praise.'
The RenningersAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An Excellent Account of John Owen's LifeMarch 20, 2012The RenningersAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"John Owen, Prince of Puritans" is a short biography of the life of John Owen with particular focus on his writings and professional life. The biography does not discuss his personal life (i.e. family) except to mention that he was married twice (he was a widower) and had 11 children, 10 of which died rather young.
The book was written by Andrew Thomson (1814-1901) in the last century and has been reprinted by Christian Focus as part of the History Makers series. The original included references to events occurring in the 19th century that may be obscure to modern readers, which were removed in the current printing. The reprinted edition also includes minor editorial changes.
The book is a great read and provides an adequate summary of John Owen's life and the major milestones that affected him and his writings. The book also discusses several of his contemporaries and the political, social, and theological factions and movements that were taking place in England and to a lesser extent New England during the mid 1600's. The book copiously quotes John Owen's writings and those of others who knew him or commented on his works. In general, the author provides a neutral assessment of John Owen, documenting his strengths and weaknesses and his failures as well as his successes. The book includes appendices with copies of a few of John Owen's letters and a list of his works by the year each was published.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it to be informative. This was my first encounter with John Owen or any of his writings and I am now interested in digging a little deeper and have already begun looking for several of Mr. Owen's books. I would gladly recommend this book.
A copy of this review has been posted to www.renningerbookreview.blogspot.com
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