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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 ( 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.

Gordon Clark and the Philosophy of Occasionalism

This article seeks to explain something of occasionalism, secondary causes, and Clark’s comments on the relation of the two so that his view may be better understood. I. Occasionalism First, we ask, “what is occasionalism?” Occasionalism is a philosophical theory … Continue reading

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Notes on Rosaria Butterfield’s speech in Charlotte, NC

My wife and I went to hear Rosaria Champagne Butterfield speak at Christ Covenant Church in Charlotte, NC this morning (Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018). I had never read any of her books nor heard her speak before, but I did … Continue reading

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Sermon on Romans 3:9-20 – “Where the Law Leads Us”

Preached on Feb. 18, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church I preached this sermon on short notice and so went mostly without notes. Since I don’t have full notes to post here in my continuing series on Romans, I figured I … Continue reading

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Calvin, “Calvinists,” and the Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart

There are at least three key passages in Calvin’s Institutes where he gives his view on the matter of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. In these passages Calvin rejects the explanation that such hardening is merely by the “permission” of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Soteriology

I drew this chart after reading just part of “Why I am Not An Arminian” by Robert A. Peterson and Michael D. Williams. To my surprise I found that the authors were not very Calvinistic themselves! I laughed when I … Continue reading

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Review of Education, Christianity, and the State

Education, Christianity, and the State by J. Gresham Machen, ed. John W. Robbins, Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1987, 163 pp. Education, Christianity, and the State is a collection of essays written by J. Gresham Machen. While the essays are … Continue reading

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Sermon on Romans 3:1-8 – “God’s Faithfulness Upheld”

Preached on Feb. 11, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church Introduction: At the end of Romans chapter 2 we saw Paul contend that what matters for salvation is not that you are a Jew outwardly, as a physical descendant of the … Continue reading

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