Month: October 2016

John Witherspoon's place in American Presbyterianism

A great number of important 18th and 19th century American Presbyterian theologians could find John Witherspoon as their personal teacher or as a teacher of their teacher to a higher degree. There are important exceptions to this chart. For example, James Henley Thornwell and Robert Lewis Dabney (two important Southern Presbyterian theologians) did not have …

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A List of Differences Between the Thought of Gordon H. Clark and Cornelius Van Til

[Critique of this list is appreciated. I don’t own many of Van Til’s books and so haven’t provided as many quotes of his positions as I would like.] Outline: 1. The Incomprehensibility of God 2. The Relationship of the Faculties of the Soul 3. Reconciling Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility 4. The Free Offer of …

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Gordon Clark and the Salvation of Arminians

With books like What Presbyterians Believe (1956) and Biblical Predestination (1969) there is no doubt that Gordon Clark was an ardent Calvinist. In fact, his acceptance of supralapsarianism and his denial of the so-called “well-meant offer of the gospel” classify him as a High Calvinist. Yet, while being a staunch defender of the Doctrines of …

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