John Owen influenced not only Puritan and Reformed theology, but arguably inspired centuries of Protestant theology in every denomination with his discourses and writings. He considered his Theologoumena Pantodapa to be his magnum opus. This volume contains some of John Owen’s most profound and influential theological writings, and our translation is not available anywhere else. While most of it is his Theologoumena Pantodapa—his history of theology from Adam to the present—it also contains his never-before-translated poetry and lectures. Additionally, it contains his work on the sacred authority of Scripture—a fundamental work for the development of early Protestantism.
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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, professor of historical theology and church history, Westminster Theological Seminary
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.
For solidity, profundity, massiveness and majesty in exhibiting from Scripture God’s ways with sinful mankind there is no one to touch him.
Probably no other theologian has more deeply affected my thinking and life than John Owen. His ability to hold together the wonders of the Gospel are astounding as he explores the depth of our human need in light of the glory of our Triune God. He never forgot that all good theology is necessarily pastoral.
—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College
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.
. . . the greatest theologian who has ever written in the English language.
. . . one of the most thorough and thoughtful theologians.
—Sebastian Rehnman, professor of the philosophy of religion, Misjonshøgskolen
John Owen (1616–1683) was born at Stadhampton, Oxfordshire in 1616. He entered Queen’s College, Oxford, at the age of twelve and completed his MA in classics and theology in 1635 at the age of nineteen. He was ordained shortly thereafter and left the university to be a chaplain to the family of a noble lord. His first parish, in 1637, was at Fordham in Essex, to which he went while England was involved in civil war. It was here that he became convinced that the Congregational way was the scriptural form of church government. In the 1640s he became chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, the new “Protector of England,” and traveled with him on his expeditions to Ireland and Scotland. Between 1651 and 1660, he played a prominent part in the religious, political, and academic life of the nation. In 1651 he was appointed dean of Christ Church and in 1652 made Vice-Chancellor of Oxford—positions which allowed him to train ministers for the Cromwellian state church. He lost his position in 1660, however, when the restoration of the monarchy began after the death of Cromwell in 1658. Owen moved to London and led the Puritans through the bitter years of religious and political persecution—experiences which shaped his theological inquiry, pastoral reflection, and preaching. He also declined invitations to the ministry in Boston in 1663, and declined an offer to become president of Harvard in 1670. He died in August, 1683.