John Owen (1616–83)

Alan C. Clifford

in Atonement and Justification

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198261957
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682254 | DOI:
John Owen (1616–83)

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This chapter discusses the significance, the life, and the contributions of John Owen. Dr John Owen has an honoured place in the annals of the Christian church. He was ‘the Calvin of England’ to a fellow Congregationalist from Newcastle, whereas Anthony Wood, the bitter Anglican critic, conceded that Owen was an ‘Atlas and Patriarch of Independency’. Owen's Display of Arminianism (1643) was an instance of the author's astuteness. With the Puritans in the ascendancy, the treatise met a public need. His second major work, and his first masterpiece, Salus Electorum, Sanguis Jesu; or The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (1647) resulted from ‘more than seven years' serious enquiry’. Owen believed that the heart of the debate with Arminianism concerned the nature and extent of the atonement, and his work fully reflects that belief.

Keywords: John Owen; Calvinism; Display of Arminanism; Salus Electorum; Sanguis Jesu; The Death of Christ

Chapter.  5481 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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