Dr. John Owen (1616-1683), theologian, was born of Puritan parents at Stadham in Oxfordshire in 1616. At twelve years of age he was admitted at Queen's College, Oxford, where he took his B.A. degree in 1632 and M.A. in 1635. During these years he worked with such diligence that he allowed himself but four hours sleep a night, and damaged his health by this excessive labour. In 1637 he was driven from Oxford by his refusal to comply with the requirements of Laud's new statutes. Having taken orders shortly before, he became chaplain and tutor in the family of Sir Robert Dormer of Ascot in Oxfordshire. At the outbreak of the civil troubles he adopted Parliamentary principles, and thus lost both his place and the prospects of succeeding to his uncle's fortune. For a while he lived in Charterhouse Yard, in great unsettlement of mind on religious questions, which was removed at length by a sermon which he accidently heard at St Michael's in Wood Street.
The Mortification of Sinby John Owen
From dwelling on humble thoughts to longing for deliverance, The Mortification of Sin provides nine specific directives on how to mortify sin. Using this guidebook, Owen's asserts that since our sinful tendencies remain even after we find new lives in faith and Christ, completely eliminating sin is impossible without Christ's help. However, by using Owen's directives as we fight lifelong battles alongside Christ, we can weaken, mortify, and eventually eliminate sin.
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