Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Gordon Clark Project

I have alluded in other posts to a project I have been working on for some time now: the compilation of what I consider to be a near comprehensive transcription of Gordon Clark’s positive epistemological views, covering all of his books and, to my knowledge, most of his shorter articles. I’m not sure that something like this will ever be “complete” - you’ll have to read Clark for yourself to decide that. But I’m as satisfied with it as I expect I ever will be, so, with the gratefully accepted permission of Tom Juodaitis at The Trinity Foundation, I am happy to share this resource:

The works are arranged according to the order in which they were originally published. I expect that there are some grammatical errors here and there, and anyone who is willing to point them out so I can update this will have my thanks.

9 comments:

Drake Shelton said...

Great resource Ryan. Thanks! I'm surprised Tom still communicates with you after associating with this heretic.

Ryan said...

Well, he did express hesitation because he thought I am a subordinationist. In my last reply, I distinguished subordinationism from eternal, personal subordination and thanked him for his permission. He hasn't replied, but Tom was pretty fair in the past when Monty blindsided him with misrepresentations on the subject of synergism in sanctification - we ended up agreeing to disagree about terminology - so hopefully I was clear in this case as well.

Drake Shelton said...

Hey,

Would you be willing to have a interview with me on my internet radio show on Scripturalism?

Drake Shelton said...

The topic will be "Common objections to Scripturalism". I will list off the objections and you cast them down.

Ryan said...

Thanks for the offer, but I'll pass. I've had several people similarly ask me to start posting videos. I do eventually plan to do those things, but I prefer to stick to writing for now.

However, if you have any questions as to how I would answer some objection, I'm happy to give you one here or via email.

MikeD said...

Ryan,

Thanks for your work. NY Chance I could get it emailed to me without having to sign up for a FB account? If so, my email is medees1 "at" hotmail.com

Ryan said...

You should have it now.

Kimeradrummer said...

Brother Ryan, can you explain to me the dinsctintion between Subordinationism and eternal, personal subordination please?

Ryan said...

Sure. Subordinationism teaches, as W. Gary Crampton says, the idea that "the Son and the Spirit are lesser deities, if divine at all." That is, it teaches that the Son and Spirit don't possess all of the divine attributes, in which case they would have a different type of nature and be a different type of species than the Father. I don't and haven't taught this.

I do think the Son and Spirit are subordinate to the Father, but the reason for that has nothing to do with the divine nature of either, just as a human child's subordination to his father has nothing to do with the human nature of either. On the contrary, the Father, Son, and Spirit are co-equally divine just as my father and I are co-equally human.

Rather, I just think that why one person has one function or role in redemptive history and another person has another cannot be arbitrary. There must be a reason the Son was sent rather than the Father. More pointedly, there must be a reason the Son just is the Son rather than the Father. But I attribute these necessities to the differences in their personal properties, not to their common attributes (i.e. divine nature). Thus, the subordination is eternal and it distinguishes the persons, but it does so without affecting the divinity of the Son or Spirit.