• John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man

    John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man

    by Carl R. Trueman

    Presenting his theology in its historical context, Trueman explores the significance of Owen’s work in ongoing debates on seventeenth-century theology and examines the contexts within which Owen’s theology was formulated and the shape of his mind in relation to the intellectual culture of his day. Examining Owen’s theology from pneumatological, political, and eschatological perspectives, Trueman highlights its trinitarian structure and how it informed his understanding of practical Christianity.

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  • Be Killing Sin or It Will Be Killing You

    “Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. . . . Indwelling sin always abides whilst we are in this world; therefore it is always to be mortified.”

    —John Owen, Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers

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To read John Owen is to enter a rare world. Whenever I return to one of his works I find myself asking “Why do I spend time reading lesser literature?”

—Sinclair B. Ferguson

John Owen’s treatises on Indwelling Sin in Believers and The Mortification of Sin are, in my opinion, the most helpful writings on personal holiness ever written.

—Jerry Bridges

I owe more to John Owen than to any other theologian, ancient or modern; and I owe more to [The Mortification of Sin] than to anything else he wrote.

—J. I. Packer

There is constantly in Owen, even when we are in the thick of him (and some of his writing is dense indeed) a doxological motive and motif. If we can persevere with his style (which becomes easier the longer we persevere), he will not fail to bring us to the feet of Jesus.

—Sinclair B. Ferguson

For solidity, profundity, massiveness and majesty in exhibiting from Scripture God’s ways with sinful mankind there is no one to touch him.

—J. I. Packer

. . . the greatest theologian who has ever written in the English language.

—Roger Nicole

To have known the pastoral ministry of John Owen . . . (albeit in written form) has been a rich privilege; to have known Owen’s God an even greater one.

—Sinclair Ferguson

In all our life and ministry, as we care for people and contend for the faith, we can learn much from Owen’s pursuit of holiness in private and public. . . . I thank God for John Owen’s unwavering passion for communion with God. We are debtors to his mighty pen and to the passion for God’s glory . . . that drove it.

—John Piper

John [Owen], English theologian, was without doubt not only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced.

—Carl R. Trueman