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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.

A Clark comment on Van Til’s “solution” to the “Problem of the One and the Many.”

[This is from Clark’s notes in his personal copy of one of Van Til’s syllabi. Clark signed his name in the book and notes “Gift of Van Til, 4/-/40.”] Van Til, Christian Apologetics, p. 14: “Using the language of the … Continue reading

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John Witherspoon’s place in American Presbyterianism

A great number of important 18th and 19th century American Presbyterian theologians could find John Witherspoon as their personal teacher or as a teacher of their teacher to a higher degree. There are important exceptions to this chart. For example, … Continue reading

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Machen to Clark’s father.

One of the earliest letters of the now 890 letters I’ve collected in research on Gordon H. Clark is one from J. Gresham Machen to David S. Clark in 1921. I’m not sure if the original is extent, but a … Continue reading

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List of Students of Gordon H. Clark

Here are all those I know have taken courses from Dr. Clark. Over 60 years in the classroom there would have been thousands of others.

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A List of Differences Between the Thought of Gordon H. Clark and Cornelius Van Til

[Critique of this list is appreciated. I don’t own many of Van Til’s books and so haven’t provided as many quotes of his positions as I would like.] Outline: 1. The Incomprehensibility of God 2. The Relationship of the Faculties … Continue reading

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Gordon Clark and the Salvation of Arminians

With books like What Presbyterians Believe (1956) and Biblical Predestination (1969) there is no doubt that Gordon Clark was an ardent Calvinist. In fact, his acceptance of supralapsarianism and his denial of the so-called “well-meant offer of the gospel” classify … Continue reading

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Clark on “Permission”

When we examine our own experience of permission we see that always it implies an independent power in another person. We permit a man to do something; that is we do not hinder him from doing it; but his is … Continue reading

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