“[John] Owen’s theology is a salutary reminder that we should not allow the current decline in church attendance and status to turn a blind eye in our evangelical ecumenism to the real problems that exist with the evangelical world. I confess here that I am no longer entirely happy being called an evangelical. Where evangelicalism happens to coincide with biblical, historic Christianity, I do not repudiate the description; but in general consider it to be an unhelpful term, if not misleading and meaningless. That it now embraces those, who, for example, hold to positions on God’s knowledge of the future that are Socinian, it has ceased to be a distinctively Christian term.”
—Carl Trueman, “John Owen As a Theologian,” in John Owen: The Man and His Theology: Papers Read at the Conference of the John Owen Centre for Theological Study, September 2000 (ed. Robert W. Oliver; Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2002), 63.
Recommended: Trueman’s five-part lecture series on the life and theology of John Owen (available here).