William Ames lived from 1576-1633 in Merry old England and was known as an extreme Puritan. Whatever else he believed, I concur with this statement:
“Theology is the art of living well.” Puritan William Ames. 1576-1633.
“Theology, according to the Unabridged Merriam Webster dictionary, is
“the study of God and his relation to man and the world: a branch of systematic theology dealing with the arguments for the existence of God, the divine nature and attributes, and the doctrines of the Trinity, creation, and Providence — compare Christology, eschatology, soteriology.”
The point Dr. Ames was communicating is part of the end of learning enough about God to live well on earth. What we struggle with on earth, will be a cakewalk in heaven. Be sure that God is an integral part of living well. Wherever we turn, whatever we think or feel, we are confronted with God.
From the study of God, we learn the importance of correct thinking, as well as proper feelings. In our time, thought has been cast aside as we adopt the idea “if it feels good how can it be wrong.” Our culture is paying a horrific price for this egregious mistake.
A study of God will teach us the proper use of our ears, eyes, and body. It covers the appropriate channel for the expression of romantic love, brotherly love, and the proper love of God’s creation.
Theology demonstrates how to be reconciled when serious differences have driven us apart. (God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself). Our mindset is to be compared, according to Paul;
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 2:5.
May I say; Attitude!
Back to William Ames: It appears he was on point with his brief summation of life:
“Theology is the art of living well.”
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