.Marrow of Theology

posted 8 Dec 2013, 16:18 by Stephen Chaffer

The Marrow of Theology, defined theology as “the doctrine or teaching [doctrina] of living to God.” [1]


For Ames, theology was a divine-human encounter that is not merely speculative but culminates in a practical end—the alignment of the human will with the will of a holy God. [2]



[1] William Ames, The Marrow of Theology, trans. John D. Eusden (1629, 3rd ed.; repr., Boston: Pilgrim Press, 1968), 1.1.1. For the Latin, see Guilielmum Amesium, Medulla s.s., theologiae: Ex sacris literis, earumque interpretibus, extracta, & methodice disposita per, Editio Quarta (London: Apud Robertum Allotium, 1630). For a biographical sketch of William Ames and a summary of his classic, see Joel R. Beeke and Jan van Vliet, “The Marrow of Theology by William Ames,” in The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Randall C. Gleason (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2004), 52–65. Cf. Jan van Vliet, “William Ames: Marrow of the Theology and Piety of the Reformed Tradition” (PhD diss., Westminster Theological Seminary, 2002).


[2] Ames, Marrow, 1.1.9–13.


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