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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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Gordon Clark’s View of “Emotion”

Gordon Clark’s view of emotion has garnered significance interest and raised many questions. But asking simply “What was Gordon Clark’s view of emotion?” is too broad of a question if one is seeking a single answer. His comments on emotion, … Continue reading

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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The most significant note on “Common Grace” in Clark’s writings comes from his unpublished First Lessons in Theology.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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