The Marrow of Theology

The Marrow of Theology

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William Ames' classic summary of seventeenth-century Puritan theology is once again available in its only modern English translation. Ames was one of the most influential theologians of his day, particularly among New England Puritans such as John Cotton and Thomas Hooker. He was, in fact, planning to travel to America at the time of his death. These lectures were first presented to students in Leyden in the 1620s, and their reissue will be of great interest to contemporary students of Puritanism. The Marrow of Theology is composed of two books. The first summarizes the Puritan understanding of the traditional doctrinal elements of systematic theology. The second covers the more practical matters of the Christian life. Combined with John Dykstra Eusden's excellent introductory study of Puritan theological method, this volume provides an indispensible tool for the study of Puritanism and its influence on later theology.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 28.7mm | 594g
  • Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0801020387
  • 9780801020384
  • 642,079

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From the landing of the Pilgrims through the American Revolution, American religious thought was strongly influenced by the Puritan theologian William Ames. Quoted more often in the New World than either Luther or Calvin, Ames was read in Latin by undergraduates at Harvard and Yale as part of their basic instruction in divinity. Both Thomas Hooker and Increase Mather recommended The Marrow of Theology as the only book beyond the Bible needed to make a student into a sound theologian.

Brief, lucid, and comprehensive, The Marrow of Theology presents the substance of the Puritan understanding of God, the church, and the world. Ames shows Puritanism to be an eminently practical religion that stresses individual experience and feeling. Connections run from Ames in the seventeenth century to Jonathan Edwards in the eighteenth and Friedrich Schleiermacher in the nineteenth centuries.

The Marrow of Theology is composed of two books. The first summarizes the Puritan understanding of the traditional doctrinal elements of systematic theology. The second covers the more practical matters of the Christian life. Combined with John Dykstra Eusden's introductory study of Puritan theological method, this volume is an indispensable resource for the study of Puritanism and its influence on later theology.
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About William Ames

William Ames (1576-1633) was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where William Perkins was his tutor. He attended the Synod of Dort as an English observer and there began to develop his reputation as a brilliant theologian. From 1622, he was professor of theology at the University of Franeker in Holland, where he attracted students from all over Protestant Europe. John Dykstra Eusden (1922-2013; PhD, Yale Divinity School) served as chaplain and Nathan Jackson Professor of Christian Theology at Williams College. He wrote Puritans, Lawyers and Politics in Early Seventeenth-Century England.
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