John Owen and English Puritanism Hardback

Experiences of Defeat

by Crawford Gribben;

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John Owen and English Puritanism

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John Owen was a leading theologian in 17th-century England. As vice-chancellor of Oxford University, he was a man of immense intellectual and cultural significance. Through his association with Oliver Cromwell in particular, he exercised considerable influence on central government, and became the premier religious statesman of the Interregnum. The restoration of the monarchy pushed Owen into dissent, criminalizing his religious practice and inspiring his writings in defense of high Calvinism and religious toleration. But Owen transcended his many experiences of defeat, and his claims to quietism were frequently undermined by rumors of his involvement in anti-government conspiracies. Crawford Gribben's biography documents Owen's interactions with the intellectual and print cultures of his social, political and religious environments; its narrative is structured around Owen's own publications. In contrast to the current scholarly consensus, this book emphasizes Owen's importance as a controversial theologian deeply involved with his social and political environment.
Far from personifying the Reformed tradition, he helped to undermine it, offering an individualist account of Christian faith which downplayed the significance of the Church's means of grace. His work contributed to the formation of the new religious movement known as evangelicalism, where his influence still can be seen today.

John Owen and English Puritanism by Crawford Gribben was published by Oxford University Press in May 2016. The ISBN for John Owen and English Puritanism is 9780199798155.

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Details for John Owen and English Puritanism

Page last updated 26th February 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (May 2016)
Number of Pages416
Thickness38 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4372559
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