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Owen, John (1616–1683)

  1. Jeffrey Anderson

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1027

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Anderson, J. 2011. Owen, John (1616–1683). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


John Owen was perhaps the most prolific and influential English Puritan. Following the time of the Protestant Reformation, the Puritans sought to continue spiritual renewal and reformation within the Church of England and the Elizabethan settlement. Spanning from roughly 1564 to 1642 (dates given by Richard Baxter and Thomas Fuller; see Cumming 1965: 288), the Puritans pursued a goal of “completing” the English Reformation by reshaping Anglican worship, introducing church discipline in local parishes, establishing a new level of righteousness in political, domestic, and economic fields, and converting everyone to a “vigorous evangelical faith” (Packer 1990: 28). Among the Puritans, John Owen, known as “the Calvin of England” (this designation was first coined by Ambrose Barns; see Toon 1971: 173), was arguably the greatest (Toon 1971).


  • Owen, John (1616–1683);
  • prolific and influential english puritan;
  • puritans, spiritual renewal and reformation