Update on the Biography of Gordon Clark, Part 4

Ok, so a lot has happened since my last update.

My hired editor friend has made a number of corrections to some of my chapters and my twin brother has been providing his editing skills pro bono. It’s great to have a trained doctorate historian helping me out.

I’ve been emailing with John Muether, the biographer of Cornelius Van Til. Muether has helped me to understand OPC history and has provided me with three letters of Gordon Clark’s that I previously lacked. I must also not forget to praise the help I’ve been receiving from Danny Olinger at the OPC. Danny has been very gracious in answering my questions.

Students I’ve hired in St. Louis have copied more material out of Clark’s collection at the PCA Archives for me. Also, many letters of J. Gresham Machen. Wayne Sparkman at the PCA Archives has also found some Clark articles I was unfamiliar with.

I’ve received some correspondence and writings of Cornelius Van Til from the CRC archives at Calvin College.

I tracked down a pastor in West Virginia who mentioned online that he had a couple letters of Clark’s he found in a book. Just yesterday he sent me PDF copies of these letters. They are very gracious letters of Clark’s in which he helps a student to understand some philosophical points.

I’ve completed my work in the Wheaton Archives (the Billy Graham Center Archives). Hundreds of letters were found between Gordon Clark and Carl F.H. Henry (and others) in the file of Christianity Today. Another find at Wheaton was an interview from 1993 of a former student of Clark’s who mentioned Clark and Clark’s classes.

I read through a couple hundred pages of the OPC General Assembly meeting minutes and have made an excel sheet to summarize all of the motions and overtures and which ministers supported which policies.

I’ve drawn a timeline of Clark’s life with particular focus on the events for 1942-1948.

A search of the archives of the Protestant Reformed Church unfortunately found no letters between Clark and Herman Hoeksema.

I received an email response from Dr. Rudolph Nelson, the biographer of Edward Carnell. So far I’ve only written a basic outline of my chapter on Clark’s students. Carnell will be a major portion of this chapter and Nelson’s responses have enlightened me significantly for this effort. Further work for this chapter is underway in seeking permission to read Edmund Clowney’s papers at the Westminster Theological Seminary. This road seems to be slowing but hasn’t hit a dead end yet. I’ve found a researcher to do some work for me at the WTS archives, but he won’t be able to start for a month or more. Lastly, the final WTS item I’ve been working to get my hands on is the faculty meeting minutes from the 1940s. This could be a critical piece to the story.

Exhausted for now. Better exhausted than bored.

-Doug

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About douglasdouma

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSME), Wake Forest University (MBA), and Sangre de Cristo Seminary (Mdiv). I've learned far more from books than in school. I'm particularly in debt to Martin Luther, Ludwig von Mises, and Gordon H. Clark for any thoughts I have.
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6 Responses to Update on the Biography of Gordon Clark, Part 4

  1. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. Not bad so far. Jk. Good work. Wishing much grace your way to support you in find out helpful info for the saints.

  2. Can you post the Clark’s letters in your blog? I would love to read them. Thank you!

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