The Protestant Reformed Church vs R. Scott Clark

In the latest issue of the Protestant Reformed Theological Journal, Clayton Spronk and Joshua Engelsma dismantle Dr. R. Scott Clark’s chapter in the book The Pattern of Sound Doctrine, entitled “Janus, the Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel, and Westminster Theology.”  Here’s a taste:

The Reformed orthodox used the archetypal/ectypal distinction, not to explain how God’s knowledge of Himself conflicts with the knowledge man has by revelation, but to explain how man cannot know God comprehensively and yet is able to know God truly. The distinction explains that there is harmony between what God knows and what man knows. God is high above man, and therefore man cannot know God comprehensively as He knows Himself. Yet, man knows God truly in ectypal theology. The mystery is that the infinite God is able to accommodate the truth about Himself so that finite man will know the truth about Him. Man can never know that truth apart from revelation. But from revelation man knows God as He knows Himself ectypally (with this difference, of course: that God knows Himself as God, and man knows God as a mere creature).

Without trying to determine whether the Reformed faith teaches that there is an intersect between the mind of God and the mind of man, at the very least it is clear that the Reformed faith teaches that the believing man who knows God ectypally through revelation knows God as He knows Himself. God knows Himself as a God who only ever loves the elect and hates the reprobate. Believers know God as a God who only ever loves the elect and hates the reprobate, not because they have peered behind revelation and seen God’s archetypal or ectypal knowledge directly, but because God has revealed this truth to us through Scripture.

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7 Comments on “The Protestant Reformed Church vs R. Scott Clark”

  1. hughmc5 Says:

    It’s a good thing Scott is no longer bloggin, or these sorts of things would occupy ALL his time! 🙂

    Thanks, Sean!

  2. Sean Gerety Says:

    I guess thanks to Tom at TF as he sent me the link.

  3. Hugh Says:

    Thanks, too, to Tom, then!

    PRC vs. RSC –> Down with hooey!


  4. “The Protestant Reformed Theological Journal is published twice annually and is free to those who request their names to be placed on our mailing list.”
    “Protestant Reformed Theological School
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    http://www.prca.org/prtj/index.html

    Also, Sean’s introduction omitted the letter “a” at the end of Joshua Engelsma’s last name.

    Regards,
    Matthew

  5. Jon Says:

    I suppose the Incarnation is the best example and proof that we can know God truly, albeit not comprehensively. Infinite God incarnated himself and walked this earth!


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