Gordon Clark’s views on Creation.

A number of people have asked, “What were Gordon Clark’s views on creation?” That is, was he an old-earth creationist or a young-earth creationist? (It is clear that he wasn’t a theistic evolutionist.) His views on the matter, if published, have escaped my noticed. But now I’ve found a relevant note from his papers, showing his position for at least that particular moment at which he wrote. This comes from Clark’s notes on the Westminster Confession of Faith, written in about 1943.

Clark writes,

Men were created not more than 10,000 years ago; but [there is] no indication when the material universe was created.

Well, that is the main quote of interest. Below is the whole relevant section for those who are interested:
Clark on Creation


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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2 Responses to Gordon Clark’s views on Creation.

  1. Austin says:


    Thanks you for finding and posting this note.
    If able, can you type out the indented notes of the bottom half?

    I appreciate the work you have done,

    • douglasdouma says:

      I think it says:

      Men were created not more than 10,000 years ago; but [there is] no indication when the material universe was created. Geological ages. But let us see exactly what the Bible says. Day is not necessarily 24 hours. Gen. 2:4 calls the 6 days 1 day. Psalm 95:7, 8 = 40 yrs? Hardly one day. The people no doubt [complained??] a long time. Psalm 118:24 = the millennium? The age of grace?

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