John Owen: A Display of Arminianism

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A Display of Arminianism, Owen's first published work, published in 1643 and dedicated to the Committee on Religion in the House of Lords, has generally been compared unfavourably with Owen's later writings. Peter Toon, for instance, considers it “no masterpiece” and “[l]acking in literary elegance” (Toon, 15). Carl Trueman finds Owen's argument “somewhat overstated and generalized” (Trueman, 23). Kapic calls it “rough at many points”. (Kapic, 23) Yet it would be a mistake to dismiss the book, which was an impressive and weighty demolition of his opponents' arguments as he described them. For Owen, it was a remarkably disciplined piece: clearly structured, tightly argued and succinct, without the lengthy and …

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Cooper, Tim. "A Display of Arminianism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2008
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