William Ames (1576-1633)

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A leading English Puritan theologian instrumental in the denunciation of the Remonstrant beliefs at the Synod of Dort. A student of William Perkins at Cambridge, Ames applied the logic and philosophy of Peter Ramus to theology, viewing its primary task as classification and its goal as uncovering the mind of God. In 1610 he left Cambridge and made his way to the Netherlands where he began teaching at the University of Franeker in 1622, and his influence extended beyond Europe to North America. His best-known works are The Marrow of Theology and Conscience with the Power and Cases Thereof.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition)

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