Notes on the thought of Gordon H. Clark

A Letter from Bernard Ramm to Gordon Clark

One of the interesting letters I’ve found in the “Clark Library” at Sangre de Cristo Seminary is from Bernard Ramm to Gordon Clark. Unfortunately, no date is listed on this letter. Bernard Ramm (1916-1992) was a leading Baptist theologian and apologist. It reads in part: Dear Gordon: This is just a word of thanks! Last …

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Gordon Clark and the "non-problem" of the One and the Many

In a letter from Gordon Clark to Cornelius Van Til, August 28, 1937, he writes: ; “Perhaps you will admit this criticism so far as it goes, and reply that you rest your proposition on the necessity of solving the one and many problem. To this I would suggest that Christianity does not face the …

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Clark and Van Til, Before the Controversy

For part of the biography I’m writing on Gordon Clark I’m researching into the relationship of Clark to his later philosophic adversary, Cornelius Van Til. In 1936 (and perhaps in later years) Clark actually taught from Van Til’s material at Wheaton College. In prior years it seems they knew each other in Philadelphia and often …

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Is it really rationalism?

The complaint against the ordination of Gordon Clark to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1944 consisted of four theological issues (The incomprehensibility of God, divine sovereignty and human responsibility, the faculties of knowledge, and the Free Offer of the Gospel ) but underlying these issues was a single concern; one of hermeneutical method. The method …

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Notes on the Progress of the Gordon Clark Biography

I’ve been continuing to make significant progress on the biography of Gordon Clark I am researching and writing.  Here are a number of items I’ve recently discovered. 1. I’ve found that in the 1940’s there was a movement started in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to form a Christian University.  They had already had a seminary …

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The Liar's Paradox

On the assumption that Cretans tell nothing but lies, it is impossible that any Cretan should say, ‘I am a liar.’ The so-called paradox arises because the paradoxer asserts two contradictory propositions. It impossible for both to be true. Therefore the person who wishes to puzzle us, if he is to say anything meaningful, must …

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Gordon Clark and the Problem of Evil

One of the most common arguments against orthodox Christianity is the so-called “Problem of Evil” (POE).  This argument is that there is supposed to be a logical contradiction in that these three particular doctrines are held in combination: 1. God is loving, 2. God is omnipotent (all powerful), and 3. There is evil in the …

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Epistemological Consistency and the Truth of Christianity

Two varying philosophies or worldviews will by nature discount or reject the alternative views. Thus, for example, Christianity denies naturalism and naturalism denies Christianity. From either perspective, either that of the Christian or that of the Naturalist, the alternative view is rejected. Thus it is not possible based on one view’s denial of another, to …

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On the Knowledge of God, Natural and Otherwise

The philosophical attempts to prove the existence of God are all failures. The cosmological, teleological, moral, ontological, and transcendental arguments for the existence of God all rely on logical fallacies, are thus false, and are nowhere to be found in the Bible. Rather, God’s existence is NOWHERE PROVEN, but EVERYWHERE ASSUMED in the scriptures. Although …

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Secular Morality

“Empiricism cannot establish any norm of morality. I am not saying that secular morality and Christian morality are different. A recent defense of abortion, a TV interview, was that the government should enforce only rational morality and not revelational morality. My point is that so-called “rational morality” does not exist. The reason should be easily understandable. …

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Is it all the same?

As I’ve spoken to other thru-hikers along the Appalachian Trail I’ve noticed a consistent theme regarding ethics – “it’s all the same” – so they claim. This claim is that the ethics of Christianity is sufficiently similar to any other ethics and thus it doesn’t really matter which you chose. There are three individuals that …

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Robert L. Reymond and Sensory Experience

Robert L. Reymond discusses Gordon H. Clark’s philosophy in his book The Justification of Knowledge (Reformed and Presbyterian Publishing Co., 1979). Reymond says there are two areas in which he is in disagreement with Clark: “first, his limitation of ‘knowledge’ only to his basic axiom and to what by good and necessary consequence may be deduced …

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Clark, Van Til, and the Incomprehensibility of God

Although the discussion has been called a debate on the “incomprehensibility of God”, both Gordon Clark and Cornelius Van Til agreed that God is incomprehensible. By this, it is meant that no one does, or ever can, know God fully. The true nature of the debate is regarding the content of man’s knowledge and the …

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Gordon Clark and Billy Graham

Here is a recollection from Samuel Faircloth, a student in Gordon Clark’s Medieval Philosophy course at Wheaton College.  Billy Graham was also a student in the very same class. “Clark was a very systematic, philosophical, orthodox elder – Presbyterian elder. He objected to communion on campus.  He said communion belongs to the church. You shouldn’t …

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The Ocotillo is not a Cactus – On the Importance of Definitions

Properly defining terms is necessary for understanding.  In a Christian context, it is important to know the meaning of the terms worship, praise, and holy, etc.  Particularly challenging, and thus all the more necessary, is properly defining the term “person” as it relates to the Trinity.  Some of these terms, such as “holy” are used …

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