This first ever volume fills a particular gap in humanities scholarship by making a substantial number of the previously untranslated shorter writings of Williams Ames, "the spiritual father of the New England churches," available to a much wider audience. The translated prose is concise and eminently readable. This volume is a translation from Latin into English of some of the most important shorter philosophical and theological treatises of the puritan philosophical theologian William Ames (1575-1633). Ames' thought and writing are shown to have played a major role in shaping the basic contours of American philosophy and religion. Five Key Words in relationship to this volume of work are: Church history, Puritanism, Ramism, Calvinism, Congregationalism.
1. Part I. Introduction; Life and Works; Two Major Foci of Ames's Thought: Ramism and Calvinism Influences in America; 2. Part II. Philosophical Treatises; Technometry; Another Delineation of Technometry; Theological Disputation Against metaphysics; Theological Disputation Against Ethics; Logical Theses; 3. Part III. Theological Treatises; The Preface to English Puritanism; Sermon on First Corinthians 2:4-5; Theological Assertions Concerning the Light of Nature and of Grace; Disputation Repeated and Vindicated Concerning the Nature of True Faith; Four Academic Orations Delivered at The University of Franeker; "Urim and Thummin," Inaugural oration when Ames was Installed as Professor of Theology; An Exhortation (Paranesis) to the Students of Theology; "For Christ and The Church," The Inaugural Oration when Ames was inducted to the Honorary Office of Rector Magnificus; "The Watchman on the Wall," Inaugural Oration Delivered when Ames Handed on his Office of Rector Magnificus to his Successor; Bibliography; Index of Names and Subjects.