- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust; New edition edition (Sept. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851513824
- ISBN-13: 978-0851513829
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Death of Death (Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers) Paperback – 1 Sep 1983
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'It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published this in 1648.'
About the Author
John Owen (1616–1683) was an English Nonconformist church leader, theologian, and academic administrator at the University of Oxford. On 29 April he preached before the Long Parliament. In this sermon, and in his Country Essay for the Practice of Church Government, which he appended to it, his tendency to break away from Presbyterianism to the Independent or Congregational system is seen. Like John Milton, he saw little to choose between "new presbyter" and "old priest." He became pastor at Coggeshall in Essex, with a large influx of Flemish tradesmen. In March 1651, Cromwell, as Chancellor of Oxford University, gave him the deanery of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and made him Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in September 1652; in both offices he succeeded the Presbyterian, Edward Reynolds. During his eight years of official Oxford life Owen showed himself a firm disciplinarian, thorough in his methods, though, as John Locke testifies, the Aristotelian traditions in education underwent no change. With Philip Nye he unmasked the popular astrologer, William Lilly, and in spite of his share in condemning two Quakeresses to be whipped for disturbing the peace, his rule was not intolerant. Anglican services were conducted here and there, and at Christ Church itself the Anglican chaplain remained in the college. While little encouragement was given to a spirit of free inquiry, Puritanism at Oxford was not simply an attempt to force education and culture into "the leaden moulds of Calvinistic theology." Owen, unlike many of his contemporaries, was more interested in the New Testament than in the Old. During his Oxford years he wrote Justitia Divina, an exposition of the dogma that God cannot forgive sin without an atonement; Communion with God, Doctrine of the Saints' Perseverance, his final attack on Arminianism; Vindiciae Evangelicae, a treatise written by order of the Council of State against Socinianism as expounded by John Biddle; On the Mortification of Sin in Believers, an introspective and analytic work; Schism, one of the most readable of all his writings; Of Temptation, an attempt to recall Puritanism to its cardinal spiritual attitude from the jarring anarchy of sectarianism and the pharisaism which had followed on popularity and threatened to destroy the early simplicity. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Having given such praise to it, what then is it about? What is its theme? Most of us think we know the answer to this question. Primarily, of course, Owen is seeking to prove to his readers, using unanswerably simple logic and powerful exposition of the Holy Scriptures, that Christ has not failed to eternally redeem every person He died intending to save. Owen wants to defend the doctrine of Particular Redemption (or as it is also known, `Limited Atonement'). But is this all the book is about? No, not exactly. The real theme of this book is precisely what the title suggests: it is a book totally dedicated to unlocking the mystery of the death of death itself in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Don't expect to read this while lounging by the fire. Owen's writing style is dense and at times difficult (especially for 21st century readers), but it's entirely worth it. What "Death of Death" has that most modern theological works lack is a distinct devotional/practical edge; Owen isn't just ranting against Arminian theology, he's pointing us toward Christ and showing how we have been and continue to be transformed by our knowledge of His sacrifice.
A must-read for every theology student; highly recommended for everyone else.