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 in Westminster Theological Seminary, but there was no university for undergraduate and graduate degrees. A supporter of Gordon Clark in the ordination controversy, Edwin Rian, was the General Secretary of the “Christian University Association” and its major fundraiser. Rian brought in a number of members from other Reformed and Presbyterian denominations. However, like in the ordination controversy, the faculty at Westminster Seminary had a narrow view of who should be included.  Rian was caught using funds from large donors to pay for the membership of those supporting his views.  Just two days after before forced to resign, Rian left the OPC and joined back with the liberal PCUSA.  Gordon Clark had been a potential Philosophy Professor for the college.  It seems likely that he was holding out at his job at Butler University and waiting for the Christian University to form.  With Rians departure however, and budget problems due to the narrow approach of the WTS faculty, the Christian University failed and the property was sold to the Faith Seminary.

2. I’ve found that the Covenant Presbytery which Gordon Clark joined in 1983 was a splinter group of the Bible Presbyterian Church.  It was led by Allan MacRae who Clark had known way back in the early days of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

3. Although this is not related directly to Clark, I’ve found that Dr. James Scott has written a convincing article regarding the likelihood that Edwin Rian stole the manuscript of “The Presbyterian Conflict” from the then recently-deceased J. Gresham Machen and published it as his own!!!  Intrigue!

4. Gordon Clark had a lawyer back in Philadelphia that he corresponded with regarding his situation at Wheaton College.  The lawyer said that Clark did not have a case, and needed to resign carefully without causing any harm to his future job prospects.


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 ( 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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One Response to Notes on the Progress of the Gordon Clark Biography

  1. Rayburne F. Winsor says:

    I enjoyed doing some reading on this brilliant philosopher, teacher, Professor, author and defender of biblical truth. I was reading Religion, Reason and Revelation. I never studies philosophy so it was a challenge to me. But I leaned a lot about this great servant of God. God bless.

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