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A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism
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A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism


Reformation Heritage 2008

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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.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes a variety of Scriptures support of a given Lord’s Day
  • Relates Scripture to corresponding sections of the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Features an introduction on Ames and his theology

Praise for the Print Edition

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

Product Details

  • Title: A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism
  • Author: William Ames
  • Translator: Todd M. Rester
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 285
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Catechisms

About William Ames

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.

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