John Owen, D.D., a learned Nonconformist divine, and a voluminous theological writer, born 1616, made Dean of Christ Church in 1653 by the Parliament, and ejected in 1659-60. He died at Ealing in 1683.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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John Owen, some time dean of Christ-church, and vice-chancellor of the university of Oxford, was a man of more learning and politeness than any of the Independents and was, perhaps, exceeded by none of that party in probity and piety. Supposing it necessary for one of his persuasion to be placed at the head of the university, none was so proper as this person; who governed it several years, with much prudence and moderation, when faction and animosity seemed to be a part of every religion. He was a man of an engaging conversation, and had an excellent talent for preaching. He was highly in favour with Cromwell, and was, after the Restoration, offered preferment in the church, which he refused. Two days before his death, he dictated a letter to a particular friend, in which are these words,; "I am leaving the ship of the church in a storm, but whilst the great pilot is in it, the loss of a poor under-rower will be inconsiderable." He died Aug. 24, 1683, in the 67th year of his age. There are some very peculiar expressions in his writings: Solomon's Song could not furnish him with a sufficient number of phrases to express his love of Christ, but he must invent a jargon of his own. Dr. William Clagget, in his "Discourse concerning the Operation of the Holy spirit," wrote a confutation of part of Dr. Owen's book on that subject.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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