The John Owen Society is pleased to announce its inaugural lecture on 25th January 2016. Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss (Director, Church Society) will speak on “The English Calvin? The Life and Legacy of John Owen.” The setting for our first event is the Old Clore Library at the University Church of St. Mary, Oxford. St. Mary’s is well known as the site of the heresy trials of the Oxford Martyrs in 1555 and the birth of the Oxford Movement in 1833. We pray that it will become well known as the home of the rebirth of Reformed theology in Oxford in 2016.
Origin of the Society
In April 2015 a small group of Oxford University graduate students formed a Reformed theology reading group. Members of the group grew intellectually and spiritually through their discussions of Reformed theology, past and present. The group desired to expand the discussion and share the benefits of Reformed theology with those in the university (students and faculty) and the church (leaders and laity). The John Owen Society aims to bridge the gap between the church and the academy. We intend to assist Christian academics in carrying out their vocations and to aid church leaders and laity in deepening their appreciation of Reformed theology.
The John Owen Society will promote interest in Reformed theology through a termly lecture on aspects of historic Reformed theology. Each event will also provide an opportunity for further discussion and interaction over light refreshments. As the society grows, we hope to host more lectures and a conference.
• Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss – “The English Calvin? The Life and Legacy of John Owen”
• 25th January 2016
• University Church of St. Mary, Oxford
The John Owen Society works to recover Oxford’s historic Reformed tradition and to advance Reformed theology in the twenty-first century.