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A COLLECTION OF CLARK'S ESSAYS DEFENDING THE BIBLE

  • May 8, 2012
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Gordon Haddon Clark (1902-1985) was an American philosopher and Calvinist theologian, who was chairman of the Philosophy Department at Butler University for 28 years. He wrote many books, such as A Christian View of men and Things (A Treatise Showing that Social Stability Demands a Christian Society), , Thales to Dewey, An Introduction to Christian Philosophy, Religion, Reason and Revelation (Trinity Papers), God and Evil The Problem Solved, etc.

He states early on that "It is therefore impossible by argument or preaching alone to cause anyone to believe the Bible. Only God can cause such belief." (Pg. 20) He asserts, "If the Bible in a hundred different passages is mistaken in its account of itself, why should the rest of the message be accepted as true?... If those words are only David's or Jeremiah's, would it not be more profitable to study Aristotle or Plotinus?" (Pg. 58-59)

He argues against Cornelius Van Til, who suggested (in Clark's interpretation) that "the unregenerate man simply cannot understand propositions revealed to man" (pg. 27), while Clark holds that "An unregenerate man can know some true propositions and can sometimes reason correctly." (Pg. 29)

In an interesting historical sidelight, he justifies his lack of attendance at a conference on biblical inerrancy on the grounds that "little was to be gained by discussing inerrancy with those in attendance whose minds already had been made up against it." (Pg. 133)

This collection of papers is an excellent addition to the apologetic material of Clark otherwise available.

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