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John Owen (1616-1683) is considered by many to be the greatest Puritan theologian, and, along with Jonathan Edwards, one of the greatest Reformed theologians of all time.  His writings have been a deep source of inspiration to many, resulting in comments like the following:  “I assert unhesitatingly that the man who wants to study experimental theology will find no books equal to those of Owen for complete scriptural and exhaustive treatment of the subjects they handle” (J.C. Ryle); “I owe more to John Owen than to any other theologian, ancient or modern” (J.I. Packer); “To read John Owen is to enter a rare world. Whenever I return to one of his works I find myself asking ‘Why do I spend time reading lesser literature?’” (Sinclair B. Ferguson); “John Owen’s treatises on Indwelling Sin in Believers and The Mortification of Sin are, in my opinion, the most helpful writings on personal holiness ever written” (Jerry Bridges).  Furthermore, his labors in the ministry were such that by the 1640’s he was chaplain to Oliver Cromwell; in 1651 he was made Dean of Christ Church, Oxford's largest college; in 1652 he was given the additional post of Vice-Chancellor of the University, which he then reorganized with conspicuous success; and in 1653 was conferred the Doctor of Divinity.  After 1660 he led the Independents through the bitter years of persecution, and later declined a pastorate in Boston and the presidency of Harvard College before his death in 1683. 

Experiential Religion

from An Exposition Upon Psalm 130

by John Owen

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