John Owen pp 113-134 | Cite as

Faith Versus Sight: Owen on Images of Christ, the Second Commandment, and the Role of Faith in Reformed Theology

  • Ryan M. McGrawEmail author


Chapter expands and redirects the context and thesis of a subject that began as an appendix on images of Christ in my Heavenly Directory. The primary expansions of the material consist in altering the thesis of the original appendix in light of further primary and secondary material. This chapter contends that Owen, and the Reformed tradition at large, rejected the use of images of Christ in any form, primarily on the grounds that they negated the biblical emphasis on walking by faith in this world rather than by sight. This meant that the rejection of images of Christ was central rather than peripheral to Reformed theology and that it tied together several strands of the Reformed system of thought into a practical expression. Owen thus represents clearly what became a standard and pivotal feature of Reformed theology, distinguishing it from Lutheranism and others

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systematic TheologyGreenville Presbyterian Theological SeminaryTaylorsUSA
  2. 2.Puritan Reformed Theological SeminaryGrand RapidsUSA

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