Month: February 2019

GHC Review 34: The Biblical Doctrine of Man

The Biblical Doctrine of Man, by Gordon H. Clark, Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1984, 101 pp. This book was first written as the chapter titled “Man” in Gordon Clark’s systematic theology, First Lessons in Theology. Seeing that it was ultimately published as a stand alone volume in 1984, it was published when Clark was still …

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A Distinction in Gordon Clark’s View of Man

There is an important distinction to understand in Gordon Clark’s view of man. That is, for Clark, while humans are a combination of body and soul, man (i.e. “person”) is merely soul. The first of these two points — that humans are a combination of body and soul — is called “dichotomy.” This is to …

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Review of Confessions by St. Augustine

Confessions by St. Augustine, originally written in Latin in thirteen books from AD 397 – 400, translated by R. S. Pine-Coffin, Penguin Books, 1961, 347 pp. Surely many reviews of Augustine’s Confessions have been written which well summarize and explain the text. The purpose of this review will be merely to note some important things …

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Review of Presbyterians in the South, Volume Three: 1890-1972

Presbyterians in the South, Volume Three: 1890 – 1972, by Ernest Trice Thompson, Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1973, 636 pp. This book is the third of three volumes of Ernest Trice Thompson’s Presbyterians in the South. I found this volume to be the worst of the three. Much of the book is tedious to …

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Review of Christian Philosophy Made Easy by W. Gary Crampton and Richard Bacon

Christian Philosophy Made Easy, The Basics for Developing a Christian Worldview by W. Gary Crampton and Richard Bacon, Draper, VA: Apologetics Group Media, 2010, 106 pp. The second half of this volume reprints essays of Gordon H. Clark, John W. Robbins, and W. Gary Crampton found elsewhere. Thus it is the first half of the …

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Review of The Captives of Abb’s Valley, Revised and Annotated

The Captives of Abb’s Valley, by The Reverend James Moore Brown, D. D., Revised and Annotated by Dennis Eldon Bills, New Martinsville, WV: ReformingWV Publications, 1854, 2019, 110 pp. This is the true story of a pioneer family in southwestern Virginia who is raided by Shawnees Indians. The first raid sees the capture of a …

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GHC Review 33: The Pastoral Epistles

The Pastoral Epistles, by Gordon H. Clark, Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1983, 294 pp. This is Clark’s commentary on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus with the addition of appendices on “The Ordination of Women” and “The Presbyterian Doctrine.” It is lengthier than his other commentaries, but it does cover three Biblical books. For …

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Review of Presbyterians in the South, Volume 2: 1861-1890

Presbyterians in the South, Volume Two: 1861 – 1890, by Ernest Trice Thompson, Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1973, 490 pp. This book is the second of three volumes of Ernest Trice Thompson’s Presbyterians in the South. That which most sticks out in this volume is Thompson’s desire for mergers; particularly merger between the Southern …

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