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The Marrow of Theology (Ames)

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Presents the essence of the Puritan understanding of God, the church, and the world.

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.



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.



"In this work we not only learn much about Puritanism in old England and new, but we can analyse a stream of Christian life and thought that has to some degree helped to shape many of us, our contemporaries, and our institutions." - Robert HandyUnion Seminary Quarterly Review

"Numerous explanatory footnotes clarify difficult passages and point out cross references in the Scriptures. In short, Eusden's book, because of its helpful introduction and editorial notes, is a potential paradigm for subsequent reprintings of other Puritan classics." - Richard EtulainChristian Scholar's Review