Month: November 2018

GHC Review 16: Peter Speaks Today

Peter Speaks Today, A Devotional Commentary on First Peter, by Gordon H. Clark, Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1967, 159 pp. This is the first of a number Biblical commentaries written by Gordon Clark. In time his published commentaries would cover 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 Corinthians, Colossians, 1 John, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians, …

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GHC Review 15: What Do Presbyterians Believe?

What Do Presbyterians Believe? The Westminster Confession Yesterday and Today, by Gordon H. Clark, Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1965, 2001, 284 pp. This book is a revision and expansion of Gordon Clark’s earlier What Presbyterians Believe. In the preface to the 1965 edition Clark critiques the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of …

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GHC Review 14: The Philosophy of Science and Belief in God

The Philosophy of Science and Belief in God, by Gordon H. Clark, Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press, 1964, 2nd edition 1987, 121 pp. On the cover of the 2nd edition of Gordon Clark’s The Philosophy of Science and Belief in God is a picture of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The editor of the book, John Robbins, …

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GHC Review 13: William James

William James, by Gordon H. Clark, Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1963, 47 pp. This book, writes Gordon Clark, was “designed to help the defense and development of Christian theism.” As such it is one of many critiques he wrote against some particular philosophy. In that category we might also include his Dewey and Karl Barth’s …

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Sermon on Romans 6:1-13 – "Walk in Newness of Life"

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1129181330252334 Sermon on Romans 6:1-13 – “Walk in Newness of Life November 25, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church I. Review In chapter 5 Paul had argued that we are to be assured of our salvation in Jesus Christ, and that the forgiveness we have in Christ is far greater than the sin we have in …

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GHC Review 12: Karl Barth’s Theological Method

Karl Barth’s Theological Method, by Gordon H. Clark, Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1963, 2nd edition 1997, 277 pp. Having written extensively on this book in the article “Gordon Clark Among Reformed Critics of Karl Barth” (See here) no further review shall here be attempted. My article on Clark and Barth is also available in two parts in …

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GHC Review 11: Religion, Reason, and Revelation

Religion, Reason, and Revelation, by Gordon H. Clark, Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1961, 2nd edition 1995, 264 pp. Religion, Reason, and Revelation was the book—so I was once told by Linda Robbins—that brought her husband, the late John Robbins, to support and defend the philosophy of Gordon H. Clark. And this, she informed me, was …

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GHC Review 9: Thales to Dewey

Thales to Dewey, A History of Philosophy, An Entertaining and Enlightening Survey of the Word’s Great Thought, by Gordon H. Clark, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957, 548 pp. Why, after writing two books on Christian philosophy, did Gordon Clark go back to writing on philosophy more generally? Possibly he was just interested in having a book …

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GHC to Carl Henry, March 19, 1957 (contra natural law)

March 19 1957 Dear Carl, First Marcellus sends me a book to review; then you send me Carnell’s galleys, and then you send me 50 pages on natural law with a request to write an editorial on the subject. Well, I’ll try. You do not state how you want me to use the paper you …

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GHC Review 8: What Presbyterians Believe

What Presbyterians Believe, An exposition of the Westminster Confession, by Gordon H. Clark, Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1956, 130 pp. What Presbyterians Believe is the first of two books Gordon Clark wrote on the Westminster Confession of Faith. The second—What Do Presbyterians Believe? (1965)—is more well known and is an expansion of the first. The …

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GHC Review 7: A Christian View of Men and Things

A Christian View of Men and Things, A Treatise Showing that Social Stability Demands a Christian Society, by Gordon H. Clark, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952, 325 pp. With A Christian View of Men and Things (CVOMT) we now come (by my way of counting) to the seventh volume from Gordon Clark’s pen. The publication of …

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Clark and Agnosticism

After giving a speech at the Gordon H. Clark Philosophy Symposium held at Covenant College earlier this year I confessed to being somewhat stumped when an audience question came to me about Clark’s view of agnosticism. The exact question was as follows: “What was his opinion on the rationality or the appropriateness of agnosticism with …

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GHC Review 6: A Christian Philosophy of Education

A Christian Philosophy of Education, by Gordon H. Clark, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1946, 217 pp. With A Christian Philosophy of Education we now move from that period in which Clark wrote on ancient Greek Philosophy into that in which he began to publish constructive contributions to Christian thought. That he started to present his Christian …

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GHC Review 5: A History of Philosophy

A History of Philosophy, Seymour G. Martin, Gordon H. Clark, Francis P. Clarke, and Chester T. Ruddick. New York: F.S. Crofts and Company. 1941, 546 pp. The untimely death of Dr. Seymour G. Martin left his A History of Philosophy in a partially finished form. Three members of the philosophy department at the University of …

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