In March 1642 John Owen’s first literary production was
published; it dealt with the atonement, a subject to which he was to return
in several of his later works. This first treatise, entitled A Display
of Arminianism, is a simple comparison of the tenets of that system
with the teaching of Scripture. This was by no means an academic task for
when Owen wrote the Reformed character of the English church was seriously
in jeopardy through the activity of Laud.