OWEN, JOHN (1833 - 1896), cleric and author

Name: John Owen
Date of birth: 1833
Date of death: 1896
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and author
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born at Pembroke in 1833. He was educated at S. David's College, Lampeter, and in the years 1858-9 assisted Rowland Williams (1817 - 1870) in the Hebrew classes there. He was curate of Alvedistone, Wiltshire, 1859-60, and at Bowerchalke, Wiltshire, 1860-9, but in 1869 became rector of East Anstey, Dulverton (Devon), where he spent the rest of his life. In this seclusion, he read widely and collected a fine library. He was especially interested in free thought, or ‘skepticism’ as he called it, and published a series of books. In 1885 he produced an edition of Glanvill's Scepsis Scientifica. He published in 1881 Evenings with the Skeptics, in 1892 The Skeptics of the Italian Renaissance, in 1893 The Skeptics of the French Renaissance, and in 1896 The Five Great Skeptical Dramas of History. He was a frequent contributor to the Edinburgh Review and the Academy. He died at East Anstey 6 February 1896.

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Published date: 1959

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