William Ames

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VirginiaHuguenot

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William Ames, English Puritan, was born in 1576 and died on November 14, 1633. A graduate of Christ's College in Cambridge, a student of William Perkins, a distinguished observer at the Synod of Dordt and a remarkable Puritan apologist, he was one of the leaders of the Puritan party during his era. Among his notable works were The Marrow of Theology, Conscience With the Power and Cases Thereof and A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies God's Worship.

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cupotea

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Cotton Mather once said that a man would be a good minister if all he had were a Bible and Ames' "Marrow of Theology".
 

VirginiaHuguenot

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More interesting facts about William Ames:

But William Ames always loved above all the pastoral ministry and wanted to return to it. Added to this was a severe case of asthma, which made it difficult for him to breathe in the winter months. He was in fact so stricken that he feared every winter would be his last in the cold and damp northern provinces.

Thinking perhaps that the southern part of the Netherlands would be better for his health, Ames took a call to the church in Rotterdam where he served the Lord for a brief time. But the climate here did not make much difference in his asthma, and Ames made plans to move to America to settle among the Dutch churches in New York or New Jersey. He died, however, before he could make the move, and finished his work on earth on November 14, 1633 at the age of 57.

His wife and family did move to the new world after Ames' death and took his extremely valuable library with them. This library was an extraordinarily valuable legacy in America, for he had one of the finest libraries in the country, and America, at this time in her history, was almost entirely without books.

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crhoades

Puritan Board Graduate
Keith Sprunger's The Learned Doctor William Ames: Dutch Backgrounds of English and American Puritanism has an excellent chapter on Puritan Ethics closely following Ames' Conscience...

Excellent book so far. Should be a must have for anyone wanting to look closer at Ames' life and doctrine.

Loving the footnotes/bibliography. Already caused me to buy a couple of books...:banghead: :lol:
 
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