Ames

William Ames (1576–1633).
The Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Drawn out of the Holy Scriptures, and the Interpreters Thereof, and Brought into Method.
London: Edward Griffin, 1643. (00972)

English Puritan theologian and ethicist William Ames, the first theologian of Reformed Pietism, fled England in 1610 and settled in Holland. There he defended strict Calvinism against Arminianism and all other belief systems. Ames’s Pietism is found in his ethical insistence that the Christian religion is meaningless without the practice of piety. The Marrow of Sacred Divinity, one of Ames’s best-known works, is composed of two parts. The first summarizes the elements of Puritan systematic theology. The second discusses the virtuous Christian life.

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