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Does God Control the Minds of Man? – by Gordon H. Clark

Friday, December 4th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clark“It is however a specific assertion that God controls men’s thoughts. Proverbs 21:1 says “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord s the river of water: He turns it whithersoever He will.”

 

This verse states the general principle, and a particular example is found in Ezra 7:6, “And the king [of Persia] granted him [Ezra] all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.”God controls all governmental policies and decisions. Not only did God cause Pharaoh to hate the Israelites, he caused Cyrus to send the captives back to build Jerusalem. He also caused Adolph Hitler to march into Russia, and he caused Lyndon Johnson to escalate a war in Vietnam. God turns the minds of a ruler in whatever direction he wants. If now we have hesitated to say that Proverbs 16:1 asserts that God controls a man’s thoughts as well as his speech, Proverbs 21:1 says so clearly. God controls the thoughts, plans, and decisions of men. Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

“Books” By: Gordon Clark

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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Against the World: The Trinity Review, 1978-1988 

Ancient Philosophy

Atonement, The 

Behaviorism and Christianity

Biblical Doctrine of Man, The 

Christian Philosophy of Education, The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 10 (Paperback), A 

 Christian Philosophy of Education, The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 10, A 

Christian Philosophy, The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 4 

Christian Philosophy, The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 4 (Paperback) 

 Christian View of Men and Things, The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 1 (Paperback), A 

Christian View of Men and Things, The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 1, A 

Colossians

First Corinthians

New Heavens, New Earth (First and Second Peter)

Sanctification, Gordon H. Clark

The Johannine Logos, Gordon H. Clark

The Holy Spirit, Gordon H. Clark   

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Gordon Clark – Audio

Monday, February 16th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clark-3The Clark-Hoover Debate Gordon H. Clark • Miscellaneous Lectures • 108 min.The Trinity Foundation

Introduction, What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 8 min.
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Concerning Creeds, What Do Presbyterians Believe?Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 18 min.
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Chapter 1: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 43 min.
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Chapter 2: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 25 min.
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Chapter 3: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 33 min.
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Chapter 4: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 33 min.
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Chapter 5: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 20 min.
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Chapter 6: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 34 min. The Trinity Foundation

Chapter 7: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 22 min.
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Chapter 8: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 36 min.
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Chapter 9: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 21 min.
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Chapter 10: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 17 min.
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Chapter 11: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 29 min.
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Chapter 12: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 8 min.
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Chapter 13: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 22 min.
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Chapter 14: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 28 min.
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Chapter 15: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 19 min.
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Chapter 16: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 17 min.
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Chapter 17: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 10 min.
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Chapter 18: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 23 min.

The Trinity FChapter 19: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 17 min.
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 Chapter 20: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 15 min.
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Chapter 21: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 20 min.
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Chapter 22: What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark • The Westminster Confession • 10 min.
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Collection 10: Christian Theology – Gordon Clark – Audio

Monday, February 16th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clarkCollection 10: Christian Theology

What Do Presbyterians Believe? Gordon H. Clark

Download by chapters:

Readers Introduction
Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface
Introduction
Concerning Creeds
CHAP. I. – Of the Holy Scripture
CHAP. II. – Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
CHAP. III. – Of God’s Eternal Decree
CHAP. IV. – Of Creation
CHAP. V. – Of Providence
CHAP. VI. – Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof
CHAP. VII. – Of God’s Covenant with Man
CHAP. VIII. – Of Christ the Mediator
CHAP. IX. – Of Free Will

CHAP. X. – Of Effectual Calling
CHAP. XI. – Of Justification
CHAP. XII. – Of Adoption
CHAP. XIII. – Of Sanctification
CHAP. XIV. – Of Saving Faith
CHAP. XV. – Of Repentance unto Life
CHAP. XVI. – Of Good Works
CHAP. XVII. – Of the Perseverance of the Saints
CHAP. XVIII. – Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation
CHAP. XIX. – Of the Law of God
CHAP. XX. – Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience
CHAP. XXI. – Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day
CHAP.XXII. – Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
CHAP. XXIII. – Of the Civil Magistrate
CHAP. XXIV. – Of Marriage and Divorce
CHAP. XXV. – Of the Church
CHAP. XXVI. – Of the Communion of Saints
CHAP. XXVII. – Of the Sacraments
CHAP. XXVIII. – Of Baptism
CHAP. XXIX. – Of the Lord’s Supper
CHAP. XXX. – Of Church Censures
CHAP. XXXI. – Of Synods and Councils
CHAP. XXXII. – Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
CHAP. XXXIII. – Of the Last Judgment
Appendix: The Reformed Faith and the Westminster Confession

 

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Lectures on Theology, Gordon H. Clark – Audio

Monday, February 16th, 2009
gordon-haddon-clark-3Lectures on Theology, Gordon H. Clark (5 lectures)
1. How Does Man Know God?
2. Time and Eternity
3. The Puritans and Situation Ethics
4. The Decline of Theology in America
5. Questions and Answers
  

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Lectures on the Holy Spirit – Gordon H. Clark – Audio

Monday, February 16th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clark-3Lectures on the Holy Spirit, Gordon H. Clark              (5 lectures)

1. The Holy Spirit Is a Person
2. Knowledge and Persons
3. Regeneration
4. Sanctification
5. Non-Christian Views 

1. The Holy Spirit Is a Person
2. Knowledge and Persons
3. Regeneration
4. Sanctification
5. Non-Christian Views 

The Clark-Hoover Debate: A Debate between Gordon H.Clark and David Hoover on epistemology 

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Lectures on Apologetics, Gordon H. Clark – Audio

Monday, February 16th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clark1. What Is Apologetics?
2. Is Christianity a Religion? Part 1
3. Is Christianity a Religion? Part 2
4. Is Christianity a Religion? Part 3
5. Empiricism
6. Veridicalism

7. Veridicalism and Empiricism
8. Rationalism
9. Religious Experientialism and Irrationalism
10. Irrationalism
11. Language, Truth, and Revelation, Part 1
12. Language, Truth, and Revelation, Part 2
13. Language, Truth, and Revelation, Part 3
14. John Frame and Cornelius Van Til
15. A Christian Construction, Part 1

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“QUOTES:” – By: Gordon H. Clark

Monday, February 16th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clark 1.      “People …who think that because they are Christians (of some sort), anything they believe must be sound Christian doctrine simply because they believe it. They believe, for what reason it is hard to say, that God is not the first and ultimate cause of all things because he just cannot be the cause of evil. This point of view is, of course, utterly Antichristian; the Bible contradicts it from cover to cover; and their profession of faith is no reason for supposing that their beliefs are Biblical.” Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

2.      Luke 22:22 – Acts 2:23 = the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God:”This indicates deliberate planning. As this even, the death of Christ was foreordained, so too every event is foreordained because God is omniscient; and no detail, not even the number of hairs on one’s head, escapes his foreknowledge and deliberate counsel. Everything is part of his plan. Of everything God says, “Thus it must be.” (Counsel means design or plan – so the determinate counsel was Gods design or plan and it will come to pass.) Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

3.      Evangelists and preachers who disobey Christ’s command by omiting large and important sections of the Bible from their preacing are guilty of the blood of their people. Paul was not guilty. He said in Acts 20:26-27, “I am pure from the blood of all men, for I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God .” The large modern denominations are today apostate because disobedient preachers have shuned to declare all the counsel of God. Predestination was silenced; total depravity was softened; regeneration was misunderstood; the virgin birth was denied; the Bible was reduced to myth; and the so-called Christian nations became secular. Gordon H. Clark

 

4.      “Only in such an atmosphere of deterioration could he following piece of immorality have occurred. A little before the middle of the century, in a controversial situation, a gentleman remonstrated with me: “Believe predestination, if you want to; but don’t let people know you believe it.” Such was the worldly-wise, hypocritical advice of an American fundamentalist leader. But as bad as his personal recommendation of hypocrisy is the evidence of how far American fundamentalism has fallen away from the light of the Protestant Reformation., There are many ministers who say they believe the Bible and yet question whether predestination should be preached to their congregations, even if true” Gordon H. Clark 

 

5.      Clever evangelists, whose facility of expression is exceeded only by their misunderstanding of Scripture, have frequently used the illustration of the sheep and the giraffe. Several times I have heard a person say, Christ told us to feed His sheep – He did not say to feed His giraffes. The idea is that grass is on the ground and represents the easiest of doctrinal teaching. The material is on a kindergarten or Sunday school level. Leaves in the trees, which only giraffes or geniuses can reach, represent very difficult teaching, and if this is all there were to eat, the sheep would starve. But giraffes would not starve even if the trees were denuded, so long as there was plenty of grass. Such is the idea of the illustration; but such is not the idea of the Bible.

 

The Bible, of course, endorses feeding milk to babies. The simplest truths are to be taught to young Christians. Faith and repentance are said to be first principles; they are milk for babies. Even so, it is not clear that the doctrine of justification by faith alone and the doctrine of repentance are so simple and easy as the objectors would wish. After all, they depend on the doctrine of predestination with all the scripture quoted in the present book. Some evangelists think that “You must be born again” is an easy doctrine; but learned Nicodemus found it too difficult to understand. Nor do the evangelist themselves succeed in making it simple for the uneducated. Popular evangelists might also wish to preach the deity of Christ; but as this involves the doctrine of the Trinity and the Caledonian creed, it cannot be said to be a very simple and easy doctrine. In fact, predestination is much simpler and easier. Predestination is very easy to understand. The real trouble is that the natural man does not like it. Gordon H. Clark

 

6.   “It is worthwhile to point out now that … evil events are for the good of the saints. God causes evil. God also causes good. And God causes the evil as a means of blessing his people. Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination” 

 

7.   “It is however a specific assertion that God controls men’s thoughts. Proverbs 21:1 says “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord s the river of water: He turns it whithersoever He will.”

 

This verse states the general principle, and a particular example is found in Ezra 7:6, “And the king [of Persia] granted him [Ezra] all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.”God controls all governmental policies and decisions. Not only did God cause Pharaoh to hate the Israelites, he caused Cyrus to send the captives back to build Jerusalem. He also caused Adolph Hitler to march into Russia, and he caused Lyndon Johnson to escalate a war in Vietnam. God turns the minds of a ruler in whatever direction he wants. If now we have hesitated to say that Proverbs 16:1 asserts that God controls a man’s thoughts as well as his speech, Proverbs 21:1 says so clearly. God controls the thoughts, plans, and decisions of men. Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

8.   The more I read in the book “Predestination” by Gordon H. Clark the more excited I get and I am only at the end of chapter 3 as I type this, oh such meat!!

 

Acts 17:24-26 “God…has determined (ordained) the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation.”  Clark then was discussing the invasions from Asia which swept over Europe around the seventh and eighth centuries, of the barbarian invasion during which Rome was sacked in A.D. 410, later the Normans invaded France, and so on… then Mr. Gordon H. Clarks states “it is God who decided which peoples should move, when they should move, and precisely where they should choose to stop moving.” Gordon H. Clark – book – “Predestination”

 

9.  “People …who think that because they are Christians (of some sort), anything they believe must be sound Christian doctrine simply because they believe it. They believe, for what reason it is hard to say, that God is not the first and ultimate cause of all things because he just cannot be the cause of evil. This point of view is, of course, utterly Antichristian; the Bible contradicts it from cover to cover; and their profession of faith is no reason for supposing that their beliefs are Biblical.” Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

10.   “When, then, God says,” My counsel shall stand,” He asserts omniscient and omnipotent control. This is His pleasure. He has arranged things so. He did not merely look ahead and see what would happen independently of Him. Nothing is independent of Him. He created all things. Thus, the course of history from the past on to the things that are not yet done are pats of God’s plan; and God, declaring the end from the beginning says, My counsel, My plan, My decree shall stand, and I shall do all My pleasure. Nothing that God wants done is left undone. If God had not wanted Jerusalem destroyed, He would have prevented it. Clearly He wanted it destroyed.” Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

11.   “Job 14:5, which says, “His days are determined; the number of his months are with you; you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.” This verse refers to the life span of every person. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days….” How long a man lives, the number of his months, is decided by God. If God had decided that Moses or Joe Doaks should live fifty-nine years, three months, and eleven days, that is it. That is the boundary or limit beyond which he cannot pass” By Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

Gordon H. Clark states that Jerome Zanchius writes in his book Absolute Predestination some list for reasons for preaching the doctrine of Predestination. 

 

1st He says, without it we cannot form just and becoming ideas of God: Foreknowledge, perfection, omnipotence, and sovereign grace must be abandoned, if predestination is denied.

 

2nd, to expand the last named of God’s characteristics, the grace of God cannot be maintained without predestination: “There neither is nor can be any medium between predestinating grace and salvation by human merit.”

 

3rd, by the preaching of predestination man is duly humbled and God alone is exalted: “Conversion and salvation must, in the very nature of the case, be wrought and effected either by ourselves alone, or by ourselves and God together, or solely by God himself. The Pelagians were for the first. The Arminian’s are for the second. True believers are for the last.” An inquisitive read may wish to get his book and see the remainder of his nine reasons. But the sum of all reasons is that God commands us to teach the world all that he has revealed in his Word. Let no one disobey. Gordon H. Clark

 

12.   The Reformed church is only a remnant. Gordon H. Clark

 

13.   Romans 8:28 – 30 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, who he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

 

“In the theistic or Biblical sense, therefore, all things conspire for the good of those who love God. It would be remarkable, would it not, if a naturalistic universe mechanically conspired for the good of a certain group of people. But this all-inclusive design is not absurd when God is in control and determines every detail for the good of those whom he has chosen, of those whom he has elected, of those whom he has called according to his deliberate purpose. God chose certain people on purpose, and he works every detail of the universe for their good. The ostensible tragedy of Christ’s crucifixion was intended for their good. Nero, the papacy, Napoleon, and Stalin conspire to benefit the elect. Even the fall of a sparrow. God determines everything. Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

14.   In “Isaiah 46:10 it was pointed out that foreknowledge is not a matter of looking into the future and discovering what is there. God knows the future because he has determined (foreordained – predestinated) it …Psalm 1:6 makes the contrast that God knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish. Then in Amos 3:2 “You only have I known of all the families of the Earth.” Here the verb to know means to choose or to select. 

 

Therefore, those people whom God foreknew, chose, or selected are precisely the individuals who he predestinated. The Greek verb can equally well be translated predestinate or predetermine. The direct purpose of this predestination is now mentioned. God chose these people to be conformed to the image of his Son. This was of course for their good, but it was also a part of Christ’s glory, for it made him the first born among many brethren.

 

Predestination is, of course, and act of God in eternity. That its design should be accomplished in time, God called precisely those people whom he had predetermined to be conformed to the image of Christ. The calling is not the preaching of the Gospel, though it occurs in conjunction with the preaching. Evangelists give a call, and external call; but God give an internal and irresistible call. For this reason, precisely the same individuals who were chosen are now called and justified. In the future these are the people whom God will glorify. It is the same group of people all the way through. No one is lost along the way; naturally not, for God works all things for their good. If God before us who can be against us? Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

 

15.   “Paul and Timothy were both servnts of Christ Jesus. The Greek workd douloi actually means slaves. One may ask, How many Christians today thnk of themselves as slaves” Mondern minds do not find slavery a comforting concept. The vicious atheist may say, “I am the Master of my fate, I am the Captain of my soul.” Even if Christians find this a little too strong, they, especially the Arminians, show too much sympathy for the idea. If the apostles were slave, must not we lesser Christians also be such? But this is a note missing in most pulpits.”

 

Note from the Greek: – Slave = A slave is one who is in a  permanent relation of servitude to another, his will beng altogether consmed in the will of the other. Generally one serving, bound to serve, in bondage.

Gordon Haddon Clark

Monday, February 16th, 2009

gordon-haddon-clark-3Dr. Gordon Haddon Clark (1902-1985)


The only son of David and Elizabeth Clark was born on August 31, 1902 and was given the name of Gordon Haddon Clark.
  

His father was a pastor who himself graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and pastored three Philadelphia churches of which his last was Bethel Presbyterian (this too is the church he pastored when Gordon was born and David remained there until his death in 1939.) Gordon was without a doubt brought up in a Christian home and learned much from his father and mother about the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition Gordon had access to his father’s wonderful library from his youth and he gleaned material on great reformed men of God like Hodge, Calvin and Warfield to say the least. He was instructed by his parents in Calvinistic doctrine and taught from the Westminster Confession of Faith and its shorter catechism. While in a vocational school he received a very good education as well as learning French and Latin. In 1924 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and five years later from the same school he graduated with a Ph. D. in philosophy. He also studied at Sorbonne in Paris. 

Gordon was married in 1929 to a lady named Ruth Schmidt; they had two daughters who they named Lois and Nancy and were married for 48 years. 

Over the years he held various positions of some of which were: – 1929 to 1936 he was an instructor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Then during 1936 to 1944 He held a position as professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was ordained on August 9, 1944 and became the pastor of the Orthodox Presbyterian Chruch after of which he served at the Trinity OPC Church in Cincinnati, Ohio and at the same time was a working Professor of Philosophy at Butler University. He left the OPC in 1948 and joined hands with the UPCNA, a different Presbyterian group. Dr. Clark merged with or changed denominations several times. He refused to join hands with the PCA but in 1984 he joined with the Covenant Presbytery. During all these years Dr. Gordon Haddon Clark held a position with Butler University as the Chairman for the Depart men of Philosophy until his retirement in 1973. Then between 1973 and 1983 he taught at Covenant College at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Starting in 1974 and for 10 years there after he spent his summers at the Sangre de Christo Seminary in Westcliffe, Colorado and off and on at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

In 1977 Ruth preceded her husband in death and some years later Gordon himself died after a short but serious illness. He was laid to rest on April 9, 1985, and was buried in Westcliffe, Colorado. 

Dr. Clark wrote over 33 books – many articles and was the founder of the evangelical Theological Society. He left behind many students who dearly loved him along with our very own pastor Mike Waters.  

Clark was influenced heavily by the nature of the Reformation.  He believed that doctrine was best expounded by the Reformers and followed their lead in exegesis while applying it in the realm of the philosophical views in which he lived. He was an American philosopher and Calvinist theologian, and was  primary an advocate for the idea of presuppositional apologetics. He was an expert in pre-Socratic and ancient philosophy and was noted for his rigor in defending Platonic realism against all forms of empiricism, in arguing that all truth is propositional and in applying the laws of logic. His theory of knowledge is sometimes called scripturalism.   

 

Gleaned from information and with permission from Trinity Foundation and A Puritan’s Mind.