John Owen - Great English Puritan theologian.

The International John Owen Convention

24-26 June 2024

Union Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  • Academic Conference:
    • New Directions in John Owen Studies
    • 24-25 June 2024
  • General Conference:
    • John Owen: Theology for Life and Ministry
    • 26 June 2024

This is a two-part convention: a two-day academic conference geared to scholars working in a variety of disciplines complemented by a one-day conference exploring the relevance of Owen studies for the contemporary church. For tickets and registration click here.

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof Philip Alexander FBA (Emeritus professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester)
  • Dr Alison Searle (Associate Professor of Textual Studies at the University of Leeds)
  • Dr Ty Kieser (Assistant Professor of Theology, Criswell College and author of Theandric and Triune: John Owen and Christological Agency)
  • Dr Ken Minkema (Executive Editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards and of the Jonathan Edwards Center & Online Archive at Yale University)

This conference aims to draw together scholars, pastors, students, and general readers of John Owen’s writings to promote further research and reflection on Owen.

John Owen is frequently regarded as the leading puritan figure of seventeenth-century England, whose diverse writings attract a cross-section of scholarly and popular interest across theological, biblical, historical, and pastoral disciplines.

This conference will seek to assess the current state of Owen scholarship and identify new directions of exploration. We aim to draw together seasoned and emerging scholars in the field in order to encourage interdisciplinary reflections on Owen’s life, career, and writings.

Over the last decade, John Owen has become one of the most widely discussed English theologians, and perhaps the most widely read theologian of the seventeenth century. Several books have emerged that are devoted to various aspects of Owen’s life and theology, including from:

  • Ashgate (2012)
  • Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht (2014, 2015)
  • Oxford University Press (2016)
  • Palgrave Macmillan (2017)
  • Routledge (2013, 2018)
  • Brill (2018, 2022)
  • T&T Clark (2019, 2022)
  • Crossway (2020).

Likewise, several colleges, universities, and seminaries have courses and seminars on Owen, and PhD students in the USA and UK continually submit dissertations on his work. Finally, Crossway is currently releasing a new 40-volume edition of his complete works, and Oxford University Press is publishing a forthcoming volume of previously unpublished sermons.

Building on these developments, this conference seeks to foster collaboration and discussion among those interested in Owen’s writings in order to encourage students, pastors, and scholars to consider the importance of Owen for both the academy and the church today.

Union are pleased to be able to offer ten scholarships to help postgraduate students living outside Northern Ireland attend the conference; the details for which can be accessed here.

BibleMesh are delighted to be co-sponsors, alongside Crossway, of the International John Owen Convention.

Tickets & Registration:

Conference Venue:

Union Theological College
108 Botanic Avenue
Belfast BT7 1JT
Northern Ireland, UK

Conference Organisers: