Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Peter Toon (1939-2009)

Rev. Dr. Peter Toon, Anglican historian and theologian, died on Saturday, April 25, in San Diego. He had been being diagnosed with a rare disease last spring. He was 69 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Vita, and daughter, Deborah. More information can be found here, including a list of his published works.

Several of his books are available online for free under the following categories:
His first book was one that undoubtedly still has value for readers today: The Emergence of Hyper-Calvinism in English Nonconformity, 1689-1765.

I would like to express public gratitude for his early labors on John Owen. Toon's biography, God’s Statesman: The Life and Work of John Owen--Pastor, Educator, Theologian
(1973), remains the best biography available. Dr. Toon also uncovered the scant correspondence of Owen's that remains (no longer online, unfortunately), as well as Owen's Oxford Orations.

So I give thanks to God for the faithful labors of Dr. Toon.

HT: James Grant