A Heavenly Directory: Trinitarian Piety, Public Worship and a Reassessment of John Owen's Theology

A Heavenly Directory: Trinitarian Piety, Public Worship and a Reassessment of John Owen's Theology
Pages:
258
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Published:
January 1st 2014 by Vandehoeck & Rupprecht
Goodreads Rating:
4.50
ISBN13:
9781306896016
ISBN10:
1306896010
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There is a growing body of historical literature on the importance of John Owen. Ryan M. McGraw seeks to reassess Owens theology in light of the way in which he connected his trinitarian piety to his views of public worship. McGraw argues that Owens teaching on communion with God as triune was the foundation of his views of public worship and that he regarded public worship as the highest expression of communion with the triune God.

These themes not only highlight Owens context as a Reformed orthodox theologian, but the distinctive influence of English Puritanism on his theological emphases. The connection between his practical trinitarianism and public worship runs through the course of his writings and every major area of his theology.

These include the nature of theology, the knowledge of God, the doctrine of the Trinity, public worship, spiritual affections, apostasy, covenant theology, ecclesiology, and Christology. This work treats these themes in Owens thought and shows how they intersect and are intertwined with the Trinity and public worship.

In addition, this book provides a detailed exposition of the parts of Reformed worship. While other works have treated the centrality of his trinitarianism in his theology, few have acknowledged the importance of public worship in his thinking. This research concludes that communion with God in public worship was integral to Owens practical trinitarian theology."