Gordon Clark had started writing Introduction to Theology (also known by its earlier working title, First Lessons in Theology) by 1974 (as evidenced by an undated letter he sent to Howard Long, circa August of 1974) and finished in 1977. See GHC to John Robbins, 25 August 1977, letter courtesy of The Trinity Foundation. Clark submitted the manuscript in 1978 to Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing (GHC to Mr. Craig, 17 August 1978, letter courtesy of The Trinity Foundation.) and in 1980 to Baker Book House for publication. Both publishers turned down the 938-page manuscript, with Baker claiming it was too large to be profitable. Individual chapters of the book were later printed separately by the Trinity Foundation as The Biblical Doctrine of Man (1984), The Trinity (1985), The Atonement (1987), and Sanctification (1993). Additional chapters on the Scriptures, God, creation, salvation, and eschatology remain unpublished. The provenance of the manuscript is as follows: two copies (one complete and one nearly so) were in Dr. Clark’s possession at the time of his death at Sangre de Cristo Seminary in 1985. These were stored in the basement of the house in which he died. In March of 2014, while searching for other extant documents of Dr. Clark’s for use in research for my biography of Dr. Clark, Sangre de Cristo Seminary’s president, Andrew Zeller, (Clark’s grandson) discovered the systematic theology manuscripts.
With permission from Dr. Clark’s daughters, Betsy George and Lois Zeller, here is the first chapter of the unpublished book.
I typed this up a couple winters ago and haven’t done thorough proofreading. Please contact me with any errors you find in this document.