This is the first comprehensive study of the thought of the Welsh theologian-philosopher Huw Parri Owen (1926-1996). Indebted to the heritage of Christian thought, and not bewitched by Barth, bothered by Flew, or bewildered by Bultmann, Owen brought considerable biblical, philosophical, and theological acumen to the articulation of a reasonable, experientially grounded faith. A sharp-minded Christian thinker--a number of whose discussions of philosophico-theological themes remain pertinent to current scholarly debate--is here rescued from unjustified neglect.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Some theologians trumpet their arguments; others, with much less fanfare, simply get on with the dogmatic task. Huw Parri Owen was of the latter breed. His work continues to repay careful study as a model of clear, reasoned, careful theology informed by the Christian tradition and the biblical witness. So it is a delight to commend this study of Owen's thought by Professor Alan Sell. It offers a fair, balanced, yet critical account of some of the central themes in Owen's work, with an eye to the interlocutors and movements to which Owen addressed himself. I hope it will commend Owen to a new generation of readers as a twentieth-century theologian worthy of serious intellectual engagement." -Oliver D. Crisp Professor of Systematic Theology Fuller Theological Seminary
"Sell here retrieves the thought of an under-known, undervalued Welsh theologian-philosopher who made some significant contributions toward 'a reasonable, experientially grounded Christian faith.' Sell's treatment is, as ever, evenhanded. He recognizes Owen's desire to be 'reasonable' without being a rationalist in faith while also insisting on the prime reality of experience, which tempers all else in his overall theology. Owen's thought is instructive; and this fine work makes it accessible to a new generation." -Donald K. McKim Executive Editor for Theology and Reference Westminster John Knox Press
Alan P.F. Sell
Alan P. F. Sell, of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Chester, is a philosopher-theologian and ecumenist with strong interests in the history of Christian thought in general, and of the Reformed and Dissenting traditions in particular. A minister of The United Reformed Church, he has held rural and urban pastorates, has served from Geneva as Theological Secretary of the World Alliance (now Communion) of Reformed Churches, and has held academic posts in England, Canada, and Wales. He has earned the rarely-awarded senior doctorates, DD and DLitt, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, and holds honorary doctorates from the USA, Hungary, Canada, and Romania. He is the author of more than thirty books, and the editor of others. Ever seeking to hold together what belongs together, he explores the relations between philosophy, theology and apologetics, Christian ethics and moral philosophy, and doctrine in relation to spirituality and the ecumenical quest.