In this volume, William Ames analyzes a particular text of Scripture that supports the main thoughts for a given Lord’s Day. While the exposition is directly from the Bible, Ames’ doctrinal conclusions interact with the corresponding questions and answers of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Joel R. Beeke and Todd M. Rester’s introduction provides valuable background on Ames and his work. Rester’s fresh translation from the Latin opens several avenues of interest for modern day English readers. Historians of sixteenth and seventeenth-century thought will value the critical English translation of a much neglected text that demonstrates how English Puritanism and the Dutch Further Reformation interact.
“It is the greatest benefit of God towards us when we see that His name is sanctified.” (Page 208)
“also take heed to themselves to depart from temptations and all occasions” (Page 224)
“distinction exists among the three persons with respect to the form and mode, or order, of subsisting.” (Page 47)
“triumphed gloriously over all the enemies of our souls and of our salvation.” (Page 65)
This new edition of Ames’ Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism is welcome indeed. William Ames, ‘the learned doctor’ of seventeenth century Puritanism, was preeminently the teacher that showed Christianity as combining both doctrine and practical living. The new translation with historical introduction will be helpful to scholarly and general readers.
—Keith L. Sprunger, Oswald H. Wedel Professor Emeritus of History, Bethel College