Owen’s education began with his attending a grammar school in Oxford.  He completed his preliminary courses very quickly.  In fact, he was something of a prodigy.  Shortly afterward, he matriculated at Queen’s College, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1632 and his Master of Arts in 1635.  In 1637, already ordained in the Church of England, he became chaplain and tutor to Sir Robert Dormer.  Sometime after that, we hear of his being appointed to a similar position with John, Lord Lovelace, in Berkshire.  Due to the increasing severity of Archbishop Laud toward those of Puritan leaning, Owen went to London and, apparently, there continued his theological studies, publishing his Display of Armianism in 1642.  Finally, he became pastor of St. Peter’s, Coggeshall, in 1646.  Owen was an especially gifted preacher, drawing large crowds of people.  In spite of his obscurity during these years, he was able to publish his masterpiece, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.  This classic of Reformed theology expounds the high Calvinistic doctrine of the atonement with both profundity and majesty.  This was only the first of many theological treatises that Owen would eventually produce.  His treatise on the Holy Spirit is also highly regarded.

From: Holy Communion in the Piety of the Reformed Church by Hughes Oliphant Old; edited by Jon D. Payne (Powder Springs: Tolle Lege Press, 2013), p. 385.


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