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Apostasy from the Gospel (Volume 14) – (Complete Works of John Owen) by John Owen (Hardcover)


Volume 14 of The Complete Works of John Owen Warns Christians about the Dangers of Apostasy

Regarded as one of the greatest theologians in history, 17th-century pastor John Owen remains influential among those interested in Puritan and Reformed theology. The Complete Works of John Owen brings together all of Owen’s original theological writing, including never-before-published work, reformatted for modern readers in 40 user-friendly volumes.

Volume 14, Apostasy from the Gospel, features Owen’s book-length treatise on the threat of heresy, the need for repentance, and the importance of preserving biblical purity of doctrine, holiness, and worship. With extensive introductions by editor Joel R. Beeke, this volume also includes outlines, footnotes, and other supporting resources.

Released over a number of years, The Complete Works of John Owen will inspire a new generation of Bible readers and scholars to deeper faith.

  • Edited and Formatted for Modern Readers: Presents Owen’s original work, newly typeset with outlines, text breaks, headings, and footnotes
  • Informative New Introductions: Provide historical, theological, and personal context
  • Supporting Resources Enhance Reading: Include extensive annotations with sources, definitions, and translations of ancient languages
  • Part of the Complete Works of John Owen Collection: Will release 40 hardcover volumes over a number of years
  • Perfect for Churches and Schools: Ideal for students, pastors, theologians, and those interested in the Holy Spirit and the Puritans

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“Owen ranks at the top of the classic Reformed writers whose reading of Scripture have most shaped my own faith and practice. He discloses points that I often miss, and he does so in a heart-igniting way that makes truth both enjoyable and edifying. Until now, trudging through the outdated format of Owen’s work has been a daunting task. I am thrilled to see this new edition of his complete works. If you want a faith that is as much for the heart as the mind, then read Owen!”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“John Owen was a preacher, pastor, and profound theologian who plumbed the depths of Scripture to uncover the riches of the wisdom of our triune God. The republication of his works is a blessing to everyone in the church because we can benefit from his God-glorifying labors. Expertly introduced and annotated, this edition of Owen’s works affords new generations of readers the privilege of profiting from the Prince of Puritans.”
J. V. Fesko, Harriet Barbour Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Over the last seventy years, one of the most exciting trends in historical theology and in evangelical church life has been the renewed interest in John Owen. Crossway’s landmark edition of Owen makes his work and the scholarly interpretation of it as accessible as possible to new readers. This is a project of outstanding ambition and importance.”
Crawford Gribben, Professor of History, Queen’s University, Belfast; author, John Owen and English Puritanism and An Introduction to John Owen

“The appearance of these forty volumes deserves to be heralded as one of the major Christian publishing events of our time. It surely indicates that Owen, whose writings were little known until resurrected in the 1960s, is here to stay among the ranks of the greatest theologians ever to work on English soil. This new edition has been carefully and informatively edited by a team of scholars who not only stand on the shoulders of past editors but take their earlier labors a step further. Their work and the layout of these volumes will help readers more easily appreciate Owen’s towering intellect and grasp the power of his theological reasoning, pastoral insight, and spiritual wisdom. This edition will bring fresh delight to those who are already familiar with him. At the same time, less experienced readers, on their first ascent of Mount Owen, will be helped to enjoy new views: of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; of the gospel, the church, and themselves; and of the life of grace and faith. Here the theological air is indeed bracing, and the climb can be challenging to both the mind and the spirit, but with these volumes in hand, the experience should prove unforgettable.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“If Christians today were to read John Owen, their many theological and spiritual infirmities could be healed overnight. The reasons are legion. Owen was committed to retrieving the orthodoxy of the catholic (universal) church to address heretical threats in his own day. He was also committed to the Reformed expression of that catholic faith to counter challenges to the gratuity of God’s grace in his own lifetime. Yet his task was not merely polemical but also pastoral. His mind reached into the highest recesses of the knowledge of God, but he always did so for the sake of the church, as a shepherd eager to lead his sheep into communion with the living God. The Complete Works of John Owen is a gift we cannot repay. These works not only introduce us to a theological ocean but also resurrect the theologian himself as he summons us to contemplate our most holy Trinity. May these works inspire the next generation to embody Owen’s Reformed catholic fidelity with the same devotion as the Puritan himself.”
Matthew Barrett, coauthor, Owen on the Christian Life; Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Founder, Credo Magazine

“This highly ambitious project by Crossway and the editors is truly breathtaking, presenting us with a modern and usable critical edition of John Owen’s complete works. A remarkable number of hours have gone into editing the works of a remarkable theologian. You are reading not a mere reprint but an edition that familiarizes readers with both the theological and historical context in which Owen wrote, and also the rhetorical style of the so-called Prince of the Puritans.”
Mark Jones, Senior Pastor, Faith Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, British Columbia

“Through the good work of Lee Gatiss and Shawn Wright, Owen’s works are being brought out in a new forty-volume set, with fresh typesetting and formatting, to make his work more readable today. (One entire volume of indices makes the whole set accessible!) Owen has long been one of the most admired of the Puritan fathers, providing help on everything from fighting sin to understanding the cross. The thought of more people reading his work today makes my heart sing!”
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“John Owen is widely recognized as one of the most significant theologians since the Reformation. We have long needed a modern edition of Owen’s works that faithfully presents the original texts of his writings in a user-friendly format. This edition of Owen’s works has done just that and much more. The Complete Works of John Owen is well placed to become the new standard resource for anyone wanting to read Owen.”
John W. Tweeddale, Academic Dean and Professor of Theology, Reformation Bible College; author, John Owen and Hebrews

About the Author

John Owen (1616–1683) was vice-chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century England, he was accomplished both in doctrine and practical theology.

Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) has written over one hundred books. He is chancellor and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; the board chairman of Reformation Heritage Books; the president of Inheritance Publishers; and the vice president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

Lee Gatiss (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the director of Church Society and a lecturer in church history at Union School of Theology. He is chairman of The Global Anglican and on the editorial board of Studies in Puritanism and Piety. He has written and edited more than thirty books on the Bible, theology, and church history. He and his family serve at Christ Church, Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Shawn D. Wright (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and as pastor of leadership development at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He has published or edited books on ecclesiology, Calvinism, and the life and theology of Theodore Beza. He is married to Gretchen, and they are the parents of five sons.

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions6.06 × 1.42 × 9.06 in


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