Clark and Van Til on Barth, Part 1.

This is the first of a series of articles I’m writing on the reactions of Gordon H. Clark and Cornelius Van Til to the theology of Karl Barth. This “Part 1” will simply provide reference to the source material under discussion and online links where available.

Part 2 answers the question, “Was Cornelius Van Til the first Reformed voice to oppose Karl Barth?”

Part 3 addresses the question, “How does Clark’s critique of Barth differ from Van Til’s?”

Part 4 addresses “Were Cornelius Van Til’s views actually a lot like Karl Barth’s views?” (Paradox)

<a href="https://douglasdouma.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/clark-and-van-til-on-barth-part-5/Part 5 addresses “Were Cornelius Van Til’s views actually a lot like Karl Barth’s views?” (Doctrines of God)

First, the source material:

A. Cornelius Van Til’s Books on Karl Barth

1946. The New Modernism.
1962. Christianity and Barthianism.
1962. Barth’s Christology. [Pamphlet]
1964. Karl Barth and Evangelicalism. [Pamphlet]

Note also that Van Til has a chapter on “Barth on Election” in his The Theology of James Daane, Presbyterian and Reformed, 1959. pp. 95-126.

B. Cornelius Van Til’s Articles on Karl Barth.

1931. Review of The Karl Barth Theology or The New Transcendentalism by Alvin S. Zerbe. Christianity Today 1, no. 10, (February): 13-14. http://www.pcahistory.org/HCLibrary/periodicals/CT/1930-31/01-10-feb.pdf

1937. Karl Barth on Scripture, The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol 3., pp. 137f. https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_3/1937-01-09.pdf

1937. Karl Barth on Creation, The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol 3., pp. 204f.
https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_3/1937-02-27.pdf

1937. Karl Barth and Historic Christianity, The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol 4., pp. 108f. https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_4/1937-07.pdf

1937. Seeking for Similarities in Theology, The Banner, Vol. 72, pages 75 and 99.
https://presupp101.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/van-til-collection-of-articles-from-1920-1939.pdf

1938. More Barthianism in Princeton. The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol. 5., No. 2. Feb, p. 26-27. https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_5/1938-02.pdf

1938. Changes in Barth’s Theology, The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol. 5, pp. 221f.
https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_5/1938-12.pdf

1942. Kant or Christ, The Calvin Forum, Issue 7, p. 133.
https://presupp101.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/van-til-collection-of-articles-from-1940-1949.pdf

1946. Karl Barth: Die kirchliche Dogmatik.
https://hopecollege.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/12/1940-1949-Reviews.pdf

1948. Karl Barth en de Kinderdoop.
https://hopecollege.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/12/1940-1949-Reviews.pdf

1948. Christianity and Crisis Theology, The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol. 17, p. 69f.
https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_17/1948-03-10.pdf

1949. More New Modernism at Old Princeton, The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol. 18, pp. 166f. https://www.opc.org/cfh/guardian/Volume_18/1949-09.pdf

1954. Has Karl Barth Become Orthodox? Westminster Journal. 16:2, May.
https://presupp101.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/van-til-collection-of-articles-from-1950-1959.pdf

1959. What About Karl Barth, Eternity.
https://presupp101.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/van-til-collection-of-articles-from-1950-1959.pdf

1960. Karl Barth on Chalcedon, Westminster Theological Journal 22: 147-166

C. Cornelius Van Til’s Lecture on Karl Barth

Van Til on Barth (1968)
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqTyWxOSK-g
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3luLZk95z38

D. Gordon Clark’s Book on Karl Barth

1963. Karl Barth’s Theological Method.

E. Gordon Clark’s Articles on Karl Barth

1960. Review of The Humanity of God, by Karl Barth. Christianity Today 25 Apr.
http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-the-humanity-of-god/

1961. Review of Anselm: Fides Quaerens Intellectum, by Karl Barth. The Presbyterian Journal. May 3. http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-anselm-fides-quaerens/

1961. Review of Deliverance to the Captives, by Karl Barth. Christianity Today 5 Jun.
http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-deliverance-to-the-captives/

1961. Questions on Barth’s Theology (Contributor). Christianity Today 3 Jul., Vol. V, No. 20.
http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/questions-on-barths-theology/

1962. Barth’s Critique of Modernism. Christianity Today 5 Jan., Vol. VI, No. 7.
http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/barths-critique-of-modernism-by-gordon-h-clark/

1962. More Questions on Barth’s Views (Contributor). Christianity Today 5 Jan.
http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/more-questions-on-barths-views/

1962. Special Report: Encountering Barth in Chicago, Christianity Today, May 11, 1962, 35-36. http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/special-report-encountering-barth-in-chicago/

1962. Review of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Holy Scripture, by Klaas Runia. Christianity Today 6 Jul. http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-karl-barths-doctrine-of-holy-scripture-2/

1963. Barth’s Turnabout from the Biblical Norm (excerpt from Karl Barth’s Theological Method). Christianity Today Jan. 4., Vol. VII, No. 7.

1963. Review of Karl Barth on God, by Sebastian A. Matczak. Christianity Today 1 Mar. http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-karl-barth-on-god/

1963. Review of Evangelical Theology by Karl Barth, The Presbyterian Journal 8 May: 21.
http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-evangelical-theology/

1964. Review of Portrait of Karl Barth, by George Casilas, The Presbyterian Journal 30 Sep.: 18. http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/review-of-portrait-of-karl-barth/

1964. A Heritage of Irrationalism (excerpt from Karl Barth’s Theological Method). Christianity Today 9 Oct., Vol. VII, No. 7.

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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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