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John Owen and English PuritanismExperiences of Defeat$
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Crawford Gribben

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199798155

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199798155.001.0001

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Cromwellian Courtier

Cromwellian Courtier

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John Owen and English Puritanism

Crawford Gribben

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Owen’s contribution to the religious settlement of the Protectorate. Despite his increasing concerns about the direction of the revolution, Owen continued to be closely associated with Cromwell. The new constitution included a number of religious clauses, and Owen was appointed to a committee that set out to delineate a national confession of faith. Owen’s ambiguous attitude to the new regime continued in Musarum Oxoniensium (1654), a volume of verse to which he contributed. Later that year, Owen became an MP in the first Protectoral Parliament, and was associated with republican critics of the increasingly conservative regime. Owen was disbarred from the Commons in a legal technicality. He returned to Oxford, continuing to struggle against Socinian ideas and becoming involved in a literary dispute in which Henry Stubbe, Thomas Hobbes, and John Walliss were key participants. His influence at court and in the university continued to decline.

Keywords:   Protectorate, Socinianism, Henry Stubbe, Thomas Hobbes, John Walliss

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