Now Available: "The Presbyterian Philosopher" – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark

I’m glad to announce that my book The Presbyterian Philosopher – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark is now available for purchase!

After four years of effort researching and writing this book, I’m thrilled to see it come to publication. This book incorporates Dr. Clark’s personal letter collection, information from unpublished papers and sermons, letters from a half dozen archives, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues to detail the history of his life and give context for understanding his philosophy and the controversies in which he was involved.

The preface is written by Dr. Clark’s two daughters, Lois A. Zeller and Betsy Clark George. Endorsements for the book are from John Frame, Jay Adams, Kenneth Gary Talbot, D. Clair Davis, David J. Engelsma, William Barker, Erwin Lutzer, Frank Walker, Dominic Aquila, and Andrew Zeller.

Please contact me if you would like to review the book in your journal, or desire to interview me regarding the book for your newspaper, blog, podcast, or radio program.
Soli Deo Gloria,

-Douglas J. Douma

Book Details:
Douma, Douglas J.
The Presbyterian Philosopher
Wipf and Stock
ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-0724-0
Retail Price: $37 softcover, $57 hardcover
Pub. Date: 1/24/2017
Ordering options:
Wipf & Stock Customer Service: – Call 541-344-1528 to order.
Taking advantage of my author discount, I can sell you softcover books at $28 a piece (and hardcovers for $42 a piece) for US orders. To order your copy (or copies) email me at douglasdouma at yahoo dot com. Then I will provide you with an address to send check or money order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Update 1/31/2017: I’m now making the biography of Gordon Clark available for purchases from outside of the United States! For Canada add $10 per book for shipping and handling. For Mexico, add $15 per book for shipping and handling. For ALL OTHER COUNTRIES add $20 per book for shipping and handling. Payment can be accepted via PayPal to my email address (douglasdouma at yahoo dot com). When purchasing through PayPal, please send me an additional email with your full mailing address.

27 thoughts on “Now Available: "The Presbyterian Philosopher" – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark”

  1. Congratulations Doug on your fine book. It looks great when viewing on your most recent blog. Good luck with your sales. See you in a week. Chicken things, green beans, fruit salad, raspberry and almond kringles, a type of a Wisconsin thin coffee cake. We walk every day and Dad has lost 14 pounds. We plan to pick up Emily from school and have her for the afternoon. We do this once a week so she can play here, today on the porch because it is going to be 65 degrees. See you soon, love, your loving mother
    James Douma

  2. I am currently living in Singapore and greatly desire to have this book as soon as possible. Is there any way to get this book before the availability date? Thanks.

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  4. Dear Mr. Douma,
    I would like very much to read and review this book. I used to be in several Clark and Van Til email discussion groups in which there were debates over what Clark really taught. I will post my review on my Van Til Tool blog and on several email discussion groups to which I belong. Please send your book to me at Forrest Schultz
    703 West Grantville Road
    Grantville, GA 30220
    If you wish to contact me by phone my number is 770-583-3258. My email address is
    Thank you and also thank you for writing this book. I am looking forward to seeing the real Clark stand up!!

    1. Mark,
      The Personal Recollections book is indeed interesting. And it was written when many of Clark’s close acquaintances were still alive, so that they could contribute to the book. John Robbins, the editor of that volume, intended to write a biography of Clark but was unable to get around to it. As you might know, Robbins died in 2008. I have benefitted in my research by “Personal Recollections,” but it is just one of many sources I’ve used in the biography. I have acquired about 900 letters of Dr. Clark’s from various sources. These have shed much light on his life. Other sources, such as his father’s papers, his own unpublished papers, an autobiography of his grand-father, family photographs, and interviews with approximately 40 individuals who knew him help to round out details of his story.

      1. Cool, I am currently studying At Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and I loaded a copy of the book I am asking you about. What concerns me about personal recollection is it portrait of Dr. Clark as larger than life. I am a person who would want to see Clark and Van Til work together as a team instead of creating a division among Calvinist. I do not appreciate the controversy that came between them.

  5. Yes! Been waiting for this since you announced the idea. Looking forward to reading more about Clark. Thanks for all the work you put into it.

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  8. Haven’t check you’re blog in a while and was delighted to see your Clark Bio is finally here. I look forward to reading it. I’m interested seeing your account of those rollicking three years Clark spent price-fighting in Hong Kong. I believe his nickname was “Jyutping” 蛇 – cantonese for “The Snake”
    Joking aside, I cant wait to read it. Thanks for your effort.

  9. In a senior seminar class at Moody, I once asked guest speaker D.A. Carson for his assessment of Gordon Clark. He said, “ruthless thinker”. And not in a bad way. I smileled on the inside.

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  12. Mr. Douma,
    I foolishly bought, read, and reviewed the book before coming to the site!
    Excellent work! It would have been nice to include an interview with you.

    1. Thanks for the review Kevin! I too did my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan.
      As to your wish that I had explored the relationship of Clark’s thought to that of Van Til’s thought more, I must point out that the record is quite scant. John Frame has said that he heard years ago that Clark and Van Til would take walks together discussing philosophy back in the 1930s in Philadelphia. But other than what I’ve written, and this comment from Frame, there isn’t any extant information about their relationship at the time. One might surmise some things from their theological writings, but the connections are difficult to determine.
      I’m glad to try to answer any questions you have in writing or to be interviewed via audio if you’d like.

      1. Thanks Doug,
        I appreciate the clarification on the lack of information regarding the relationship between Clark and Van Til in the development of Clark’s thought.
        I appreciate your offer to answer a few questions. If you could email me contact information I will send the questions in writing so that you could reply at your convenience.
        In Christ,

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  15. I also foolishly bought and read your book before coming across your website. Thanks so much for this biography Doug. It is so well researched and well written. A really good read!

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