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 be celebrating communion out of the church discipline. But in the class, as I had dropped into this kind of class, I was trying to catch up historically and every other way with the prof.  He knew what he was talking about. He was a top-drawer teacher.  Billy (Graham) was back in the background. He stood up one day and he looked Clark in the eye.  I’ll never forget this. Because I thought he had a lot of nerve. He stood up and pointed his finger at Clark – “Doc, you’re cold.”  And Clark looked right back – “I prefer to remain cold.”   Clark was a good philosophy professor and Graham was not operating on that level. He was operating on a warm evangelistic level and Clark was talking about Augustine’s City of God.” –   Rev. Samuel D. Faircloth, interview with the Billy Graham Center Archives, 2010.   Min 106-107


About douglasdouma

I am a husband to beautiful wife, an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church - Hanover Presbytery, and founder of Sola - Appalachian Christian Retreat (www.discoversola.com). In addition to blogging at this site I am the author of The Presbyterian Philosopher - The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark (Wipf&Stock, 2017) and compiling editor of Clark and His Correspondents: Selected Letters of Gordon H. Clark (Trinity Foundation, 2017). I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (University of Michigan), a master's in business administration (Wake Forest University) and a master of divinity (Sangre de Cristo Seminary). I'm an avid hiker, having completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2013 and the first 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.
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3 Responses to Gordon Clark and Billy Graham

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow sorry to see this was Graham’s attitude towards the late Dr. Clark

  2. hiram says:

    Clark’s response is pretty funny 🙂

    I wonder, though, how long Graham was in his class. lol

  3. McCoy: Spock, you’re the most cold-blooded man I’ve ever known.
    Spock: Why, thank you, Doctor.

    Star Trek TOS, “Court Martial”

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