|About the Book|
The merits of Owen as a preacher have not been sufficiently appreciated. In this respect he seems to have stood higher in the estimation of his contemporaries than he has subsequently done. Perhaps the value of his other works diverted attention from his minor productions- and his style of careful and elaborate, though often prolix and cumbrous, discussion, was deemed incompatible with the condensation of statement and the vigour of appeal which constitute the main value and charm of a good discourse. Yet from the contemporary accounts transmitted to us the ability with which Owen could secure and sustain the attention of an audience must have been great. His Discourses themselves, however, will best illustrate the position and rank to which he is entitled among the lights and ornaments of the British pulpit.