Gordon Clark Book Reviews

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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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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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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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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GHC Review 22: Three Types of Religious Philosophy

Three Types of Religious Philosophy, by Gordon H. Clark, Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press, 1973, 2nd Edition, 1989, 155 pp. Gordon Clark’s Three Types of Religious Philosophy discusses Rationalism, Empiricism, Irrationalism, and Dogmatism. To be true to the title then, one might wonder which of the four sections doesn’t make the cut to be considered a …

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GHC Review 21: II Peter, A Short Commentary

II Peter, A Short Commentary, by Gordon H. Clark, Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1972. [Page references in this review will be from New Heavens, New Earth, the later revised edition of Clark’s commentaries on 1 and 2 Peter] This is a detailed commentary on the short epistle of Second Peter. In it (so it …

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GHC Review 19: Historiography Secular and Religious

Historiography Secular and Religious by Gordon H. Clark, Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press, 1971, 381 pp. I must admit that this book makes for rather tedious reading. It might be of some value for studying Clark’s views on a particular thinker, be it Barth, Bultman, Collingwood, Cullman, or one of the many others he discusses …

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GHC Review 18: Biblical Predestination

Biblical Predestination by Gordon H. Clark, Nutley NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1969. [Page references in this review will be from Predestination, the combined edition of Biblical Predestination and Predestination in the Old Testament, Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1987] In Biblical Predestination Gordon Clark first works from the general to the specific. In the first …

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GHC Review 17: The Philosophy of Gordon H. Clark

The Philosophy of Gordon H. Clark, A Festschrift, Ronald H. Nash, ed., Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1968, 516 pp. This book—a festschrift for Gordon H. Clark—consists of three sections. The first section is Clark’s Wheaton Lectures. The second is “exposition and criticism” from various Christian intellectuals. The third and final part consists of Clark’s replies …

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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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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 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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