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.
OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683), theologian; of Queen's College, Oxford; M.A., 1635; created D.D., 1653; left the university on account of Laud's statutes; private chaplain to Sir Robert Dormer and Lord Lovelace; published tracts against Arminianism and in favour of presbyterianism, and obtained rectory of Fordham, Essex, 1643; ejected by patron, but presented by House of Lords to Coggeshall, 1646; adopted independent views and expanded them in 'Eshcol,' 1648; preached before parliament, 1649, and accompanied Cromwell to Ireland and Scotland, 1650, as chaplain; dean of Christ Church, Oxford, 1651-60; vice-chancellor, 1652-8; chairman of committee for composing differences in Scottish church, 1654; carried on controversies with John Goodwin, Henry Hammond, and William Sherlock (1641?-1707); wrote 'Vindicae Evangelicae' against John Biddle, 1655: charged Grotius with Socinianism; published treatise 'On Schism,' 1657, with attack on quaker theory of inspiration; ejected from Christ Church, Oxford, 1660; wrote anonymous answer to the 'Fiat Lux' of Vincent Canes, 1662; indicted for holding religious assemblies at Oxford, 1665; removed to London and published anonymous tracts in defence of religious liberty, and, with his name, other writings, including one book of the 'Exercitations on Epistle to the Hebrews,' 1668; attacked occasional conformity; discussed nonconformity with the Duke of York, 1674; received audience from Charles II and money for nonconformists; allowed to preach to independent congregation in Leadenhall Street, London, 1673; wrote against Romanism and rationalism, 1674-80; defended dissenters against Stillingfleet and contended for historical position of Congregationalism, 1680-1; his 'Meditations and Discourse on the Glory of Christ,' and other treatises, published posthumously; collective editions of his works issued, 1721 (imperfect), 1826 and 1850.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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