Huw Owen

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Huw Parri Owen (30 December 1926 – 26 October 1996) was a Welsh theologian, writer and academic.


Owen was born on 30 December 1926 in Cardiff and was educated at Cardiff High School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied Literae Humaniores and Theology. He was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1949 in order to take up an appointment as Professor of New Testament at the United Theological College Aberystwyth (1949-53) before moving to Bangor as Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University College of North Wales.

His first book, Revelation and Existence, was published in 1957 whilst at Bangor. Hywel Lewis, who had been a professor at Bangor, had moved to King's College London in 1955 and, through his influence, Owen was appointed as a lecturer in the philosophy of religion there in 1962; he became Reader in 1963. Theological issues became his main interest, with a concern for traditional theistic belief lasting throughout his life and writings. He was appointed Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College in 1971, a post he held until 1983. He was regarded as a distinguished theologian, who wrote and spoke with clarity. He died in Cardiff on 26 October 1996.[1]


Owen's publications include:[1]

  • Revelation and Existence (1957)
  • The Moral Argument for Christian Theism (1965)
  • The Christian Knowledge of God (1969)
  • Concepts of Deity (1971)
  • Christian Theism: a study in its basic principles (1984)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Knibb, Michael (2 December 1996). "Obituary: The Rev Professor Huw Parri Owen". The Independent. Retrieved 5 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]