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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.

Gordon Clark on “Common Grace”

The most significant note on “Common Grace” in Clark’s writings comes from his unpublished First Lessons in Theology. There, in chapter seven on “Salvation,” he writes, “Before the discussion of clearly heretical views begins, one may consider for a moment … Continue reading

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Sanctification and its Means

Some concerns have been raised in regards to my last article “Sanctification: Clark, Robbins, and Piper.” Any concern there over the use of the term “synergism” in reference to the doctrines of sanctification and justification I believe I have adequately … Continue reading

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Sanctification: Clark, Robbins, and Piper

Monergists [mon (one) + erg (work)] hold that God works alone as the effective agent of man’s regeneration. Synergists [syn (together) + erg (work)], on the other hand, hold that man’s regeneration is a cooperative effort—a working together—of God and … Continue reading

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On Distinctions in God’s One Will

Theologians frequently make distinctions within the one will of God. Some of these distinctions are valid, but others are invalid; erring in attributing to God contradictory desires. One valid distinction in God’s will is that between his revealed will and … Continue reading

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The Trinity, Part 2/2: Unity

[For Part I see here: https://douglasdouma.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/the-trinity-part-12-various-interpretations/] If we reject Van Til’s “one person and three persons” language regarding the Trinity (and I suggest we do) and hold to some distinction between the sense(s) in which God is one and the sense(s) … Continue reading

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The Trinity, Part 1/2: Various Interpretations

I’m glad to have in my collection an original copy of Dr. Cornelius Van Til’s An Introduction to Systematic Theology, printed in 1949. On the title page of this class syllabus, Van Til notes that it is “not to regarded … Continue reading

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An Alliterative Account

A partial play-by-play of Presbyterianism’s past. The 20th century: 1922 – Fosdick fights fundamentalist forces. 1923 – Machen’s manifest makes mincemeat of modernism. 1924 – Herman Hoeksema heads honorable Hollander hullabaloo. 1937 – Buswell’s BPC bans booze. 1944 – Cornelius … Continue reading

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