Month: January 2019

Performances at L’Abri 2016

  I stumbled upon these videos from a few years ago recorded on my phone and they are too good to let disappear into the past. These are of very dear friends that I met in Switzerland in 2016. And, incidentally, I just painted this Swiss flag:  

Review of Presbyterians in the South, Volume 1: 1607-1861

Presbyterians in the South, Volume One: 1607 – 1861, by Ernest Trice Thompson, Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1963, 571 pp. This book is the first of three volumes of Ernest Trice Thompson’s Presbyterians in the South. Thompson (1894 – 1985) himself was a liberal who advocated in his time those terrible positions that have …

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GHC Review 32: Faith and Saving Faith

Faith and Saving Faith, by Gordon H. Clark, Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1983, 132 pp. This is one of the most important of Gordon Clark’s books. He provides definitions for key terms and takes away the ambiguity around the discussions of what faith is and what kind of faith is necessary for salvation. It …

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GHC Review 30: Behaviorism and Christianity

Behaviorism and Christianity, by Gordon H. Clark, Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1982, 106 pp. The writing of this volume started around the time of March 22, 1979 when Gordon Clark wrote to his friend Howard Long saying, “As for the future, one subject I am considering is Behaviorism. So many students come to Covenant …

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GHC Review 29: Language and Theology

Language and Theology, by Gordon H. Clark, Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1980, 152 pp. Though this volume was printed by Presbyterian and Reformed, it is also labeled as “Trinity Paper No. 1” and says on the back of the first page “Copyright 1979, The Trinity Foundation.” I must think that The Trinity Foundation had …

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List of Trinity Papers

The Trinity Foundation appears to have numbered each of the volumes they’ve published as a series of “Trinity Papers.” The first few books had the number labeled on the front cover. Over time it seems the number was less prominently displayed (on the back cover) or possibly omitted entirely. I’ve been able to accumulate information …

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GHC Review 26: The Concept of Biblical Authority

The Concept of Biblical Authority, by Gordon H. Clark, Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979, 24 pp. Note: This pamphlet was later included in God’s Hammer. Clark was disappointed in the appearance of the pamphlet. He wrote, “I too was disappointed with the appearance of The Concept of Biblical Authority. Craig half apologized, saying that he …

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GHC Review 25: Colossians

Colossians, Another Commentary on an Inexhaustible Message, by Gordon H. Clark, Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979, 136 pp. In this commentary on Paul’s epistle to the Colossians, Gordon Clark seems to use his own translation of the text (p. 68) and gives considerable emphasis to the Greek grammar. It also seems to me that, …

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From Paradox to Contradiction in the Theology of John Murray

Followers of the theology of Cornelius Van Til have long argued that while there are “apparent paradoxes” in Scripture these are not contradictions in the ultimate sense. For example, in The Trinity and the Vindication of Christian Paradox, B. A. Bosserman explains, “When it comes to evaluating apparent contradictions, the believer has every right to …

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Bibliographies of a few reformed authors.

I’ve put together the following bibliographies of some reformed authors whose books I’m particularly interested it. Please let me know if you have additional information and I’d be glad to update this post. J. Oliver Buswell Jr. (January 16, 1895 – February 4, 1977) A. B. from the University of Minnesota, B. D. from McCormick Theological …

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Review of Biblical Hermeneutics by Milton S. Terry

Biblical Hermeneutics by Milton S. Terry, 1883, Reprint by Zondervan Publishing House, n.d., 782 pp. Though I’ve titled this post a “review” it is more accurately just some notes on Milton Terry’s rather lengthy book Biblical Hermeneutics. While Biblical Hermeneutics has been recommended to me by some Reformed persons, whether Milton Spenser Terry (1840 – …

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Review of By Scripture Alone by W. Gary Crampton

By Scripture Alone, The Sufficiency of Scripture, by W. Gary Crampton, Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2002, 245 pp. Though the subtitle of By Scripture Alone is “the sufficiency of Scripture,” the book does cover quite a lot more than that. The first part of the book is framed as a commentary on chapter 1 …

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Did John Robbins modify Gordon Clark's writings?

A question not uncommonly asked is whether John Robbins, the first editor of the Trinity Foundation, modified Gordon Clark’s writings in some substantial way when revising and/or reprinting them. To answer this question I’ve made a quick look over the original published versions of Clark’s books and then compared with them the Trinity Foundation revisions …

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GHC Review 24: Predestination in the Old Testament

Predestination in the Old Testament, by Gordon H. Clark, Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1978, 43 pp. This short book of only forty-three pages was part of the Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company’s International Library series on Philosophy and Theology. As Clark summarizes at the end of the volume, it contains references to seventy-five passages …

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Review of The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

The Lost Continent of Mu, by James Churchward, 1931, New York, Paperback Library Edition, 1959, 286 pp. The Lost Continent of Mu is an exercise in poor logic, weak citations, and the art of jumping to conclusions. Basically, James Churchward figured out the method of presentation now used by those advocates of the History Channel’s …

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Review of How Do We Know? by James K. Dew Jr. and Mark W. Foreman

How Do We Know? An Introduction to Epistemology by James K. Dew Jr. and Mark W. Foreman, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2014, 174 pp. Though my own views on epistemology differ considerably from those of the authors of How Do We Know?, I found this to be quite an excellent read. Unlike Moser’s The …

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GHC Review 23: First Corinthians, A Contemporary Commentary

First Corinthians, A Contemporary Commentary, by Gordon H. Clark, Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1975, Second Edition 1991, 349 pp. This is, I believe, the longest of all of all the commentaries Gordon Clark wrote. Throughout the volume Clark regularly presents various interpretations of disputed verses and provides arguments for the views he believes are …

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