Month: May 2017

"Now then…" – A review of "The Presbyterian Philosopher" by OPC minister Gregory E. Reynolds in The Ordained Servant.

Originally posted here: http://opc.org/os.html?article_id=636&cur_iss=Y The Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, by Douglas J. Douma. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016, xxv + 292 pages, $37.00, paper. “Now then,” said Dr. Clark as he sat behind a small utilitarian oak table in a second-floor class room in Carter Hall at Covenant College …

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One of Dillingham's Missionary Ladies – Miss Bertha Abernathy

Not only were pastors at work in the early years of Dillingham Presbyterian Church, but women missionaries also played a key role. Of a number of women who came to serve as Sunday school teachers at Dillingham, it is Miss Bertha Abernethy who is most well known. This can be attributed to her having been …

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Gordon Clark's views on Creation.

A number of people have asked, “What were Gordon Clark’s views on creation?” That is, was he an old-earth creationist or a young-earth creationist? (It is clear that he wasn’t a theistic evolutionist.) His views on the matter, if published, have escaped my noticed. But now I’ve found a relevant note from his papers, showing his …

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Scripturalism and the Gettier Problem.

Scripturalism and the Gettier Problem By Doug Douma and Luke Miner So the story goes, epistemologists had long held knowledge to be justified true belief (JTB). (A story to be doubted according to Alvin Plantinga.) (That Clark held to JTB rather than just “true belief” (TB) Doug has argued in Gordon Clark’s Theory of Knowledge …

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George Marsden comments on The Presbyterian Philosopher.

[I received the following email from historian of American Christianity, George Marsden. An author of 10 books, Dr. Marsden is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His father, noted in the email, was Robert Marsden who, according to A Ministerial Register of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1936-1991, was born in Philadelphia …

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Robert L. Reymond and Gordon H. Clark

The purpose of this post is to detail the dialogue between Robert L. Reymond and Gordon H. Clark to indicate the extent to which Reymond was influenced by Clark and answer the question whether he should be considered “Clarkian,” specifically in regards to his epistemology. The known places of dialogue (whether direct or indirect) between …

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Fighting the Good Propaganda

I was asked by D. Clair Davis (former professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, 1966-2003) to evaluate a particular essay written by D. G. Hart and John Muether. This essay, “The OPC and the New Evangelicalism,” is contained in their co-authored book, Fighting the Good Fight, A Brief History of the Orthodox Presbyterian …

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Scripturalism and the Cessation of Continued Revelation

Does Scripturalism allow for the possibility of continued revelation? I. Definitions A. The cessation of continued revelation The doctrine of cessation of continued revelation — that God has ceased revealing additional knowledge to man following the completion of the canon of Scripture — is an element of “cessationism.” Cessationism can also refer to (1) the …

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