The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that Britain's great Puritan Theologian... John Owen, was essentially not a Congregationalist but a Presbyterian. He first pastored a Presbyterian Church. On his deathbed, he re-affirmed Presbyterianism.
The depresbyterianized Owen later re-embraced Presbyterianism... Dr. Owen, 1616-83, was quite the greatest alleged Congregationalist and certainly one of the most thorough Theologians Britain has ever produced. Educated at Oxford, he first pastored a Presbyterian Church -- in 1643, the year the Westminster Assembly itself was convened. After reading a book by the American John Cotton, Owen inwardly embraced Congregationalism.
After congregationalistically pastoring a 'gathered church' in his own home and elsewhere for the next two decades -- at the end of his life he certainly moved back toward and seems actually to have re-embraced Presbyterianism.
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