Prince of Puritans
He’s been called the “Prince of the Puritans.” His works fill vast volumes. 300 years after his death, his books are still in print and eagerly devoured by readers, and J.I. Packer has said, “I owe more to John Owen than to any other theologian — ancient or modern.” But who was John Owen? In this fascinating biography, Andrew Thompson chronicles the life of this foremost of Puritans and introduces the man behind the theology.
John Owen (1616-1683) was one of the defining theologians of the Puritan era. His books have been continually in print since then. This biography has often been published as part of Owen’s works. A pastor first, Owen was ejected from his position by the English government, after which he devoted himself to developing other men for the ministry, writing commentaries, theological studies and defending the nonconformists from state persecution.
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.’
- His Years of Education
- His First Pastorates
- In the Public Eye
- Vice-Chancellor of Oxford
- Theologian, Writer, and Statesman
- Puritans Persecuted
- Last Days
- The Strengths of Owen
- 1) Letters of John Owen
- 2) Owen’s Monument
- 3) Writings of John Owen
About the Author
Andrew Thomson (1814-1901) was minister of Broughton Place United Presbyterian Kirk, Edinburgh. He is also the author of Thomas Boston: His Life and Times.