Sinclair Ferguson once said that when he reads the works of Puritan John Owen he wonders why he reads anyone else. High praise. And today I stumbled upon a video of Carl Trueman on the value of John Owen, structured around four points. The 10-minute video provides a nice introduction to Owen’s theology:
(1) Owen’s thinking was catholic [broad].
(2) Owen’s theology was Church-focused.
(3) Owen’s theology follows the Calvinist tradition.
(4) Owen’s theology was thoroughly Trinitarian.
If you’re not familiar with Owen, here are 4 book recommendations:
Beginners: Mortification of Sin (Banner of Truth)
Beginners: The Glory of Christ (Banner of Truth)
Advanced: Overcoming Sin And Temptation (Crossway)
Advanced: Communion with the Triune God (Crossway)
2 thoughts on “Introducing John Owen”
Tony, I am a recent subscriber to your blog and I am enjoying it very much. I also am trying to be a regular reader of the Puritans. As a lay person and beginner, I was encouraged by the “Holy Spirit” by John Owen. There is an easier to read edition by Banner of Truth that I really enjoyed.
[…] Een beroemde puriteinen (een volgende keer meer) aan wie ik zelf veel heb gehad, is John Owen. Hij wordt wel de Prins van de Puriteinen. Hier kun je meer over hem te weten komen: https://spurgeon.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/introducing-john-owen/ […]