He was a D.D. of Giessen University . From 1823 to 1854 he kept one of the Dr. Williams charity-schools which, on the death of Benjamin Jones ( 1756 - 1823 ) (q.v.) , had been transferred from Pwllheli to Bangor . He published Pynciau Athrawiaethol , 1838 , and Rhetoric, neu Areithyddiaeth Ysgrythyrol , 1810 . Early in his ministry he took a prominent part in the theological controversies of the day , and was one of the first in Wales to preach the ideas of Edward Williams of Rotherham ( 1750 - 1813 ) (q.v.) . He was regarded as a moderate Calvinist but was called to account by his fellow ministers for some of his tenets.
It was the problem of church government which brought him into the greatest prominence — that great controversy known as the ‘ controversy of the county Associations ,’ a controversy rooted in the development of Independency in Wales . The charge was brought against him that in his capacity as minister he had assumed dictatorial powers, and that he was a law to himself in the matter of admitting new church-members and aspirants to the pulpit. He insisted on allowing a doubtful character like Robert Parry ( Robin Ddu Eryri , q.v.) to preach , which caused the conference of Caernarvonshire churches held at Conway in 1838 (under the presidency of Caledfryn ) to excommunicate him and his church and to set up another church, Bethel , at Bangor . The controversy caused disgust and did much harm to Independency in the county; but, in spite of Caledfryn 's opposition, Arthur Jones refused to budge.
Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor
Published date: 1959