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The Nature of Theology

William Ames (1576-1633) - One of the Greatest Theological Puritans and Writers

Today, many Christians are turning back to the puritans to, “walk in the old paths,” of God’s word, and to continue to proclaim old truth that glorifies Jesus Christ. There is no new theology. In our electronic age, more and more people are looking to add electronic books (ePubs, mobi and PDF formats) to their library – books from the Reformers and Puritans – in order to become a “digital puritan” themselves. Take a moment to visit Puritan Publications (click the banner below) to find the biggest selection of rare puritan works updated in modern English in both print form and in multiple electronic forms. There are new books published every month. All proceeds go to support A Puritan’s Mind.

“The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.”

How should we define theology?

1. Theology is doctrine or teaching of living to God. John 6:68, “The words of eternal life…”; Acts 5:20, “The words of this life…”; Romans 6:11, “Consider yourselves…alive to God.”

2. It is called doctrine, not to separate it from understanding, knowledge, wisdom, art, or prudence–for these go with every exact discipline, and most of all with theology–but to mark it as a discipline, and most of all with theology–but to mark it as a discipline which derives not from nature and human inquiry like others, but from divine revelation and appointment. Isaiah 51:4, “Doctrine shall go forth from Me…”; Galatians 1:11-12, “The Gospel…is not according to man. For neither I received it from man, nor was taught it, but it came through a revelation.”

5. Since the highest kind of life for a human being is that which approaches most closely the living and life-giving God, the nature of theological life is living to God.

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