Now Available: “The Presbyterian Philosopher” – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark


Doug Douma’s bio on Clark is now available.  Read about it below…


I’m glad to announce that my book The Presbyterian Philosopher – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark is now available for purchase!

After four years of effort researching and writing this book, I’m thrilled to see it come to publication. This book incorporates Dr. Clark’s personal letter collection, information from unpublished papers and sermons, letters from a half dozen archives, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues to detail the history of his life and give context for understanding his philosophy and the controversies in which he was involved.

The preface is written by Dr. Clark’s two daughters, Lois A. Zeller and Betsy Clark George. Endorsements for the book are from John Frame, Jay Adams, Kenneth Gary Talbot, D. Clair Davis, David J. Engelsma, William Barker, Erwin Lutzer, Frank Walker, Dominic Aquila, and Andrew Zeller.

Please contact me if you would like to review the book in your journal, or desire to interview me regarding the book for your newspaper, blog, podcast, or radio program.

Soli Deo Gloria,

-Douglas J. Douma


Book Details:

Douma, Douglas J.
The Presbyterian Philosopher
Wipf and Stock
ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-0724-0
Retail Price: $37
Pub. Date: 1/24/2017

Ordering options:

Wipf & Stock Customer Service: Available Now! – Call 541-344-1528 to order. Available estimated 2/7/2017. (to be updated)
Amazon: Available estimated 2/7 – 2/21/2017. (to be updated)
E-book: Available in 8-10 weeks.

Taking advantage of my author discount, I can sell you books at $28 a piece for US orders. To order your copy (or copies) email me at douglasdouma at yahoo dot com. Then I will provide you with an address to send check or money order. I do not currently accept PayPal. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Source: Now Available: “The Presbyterian Philosopher” – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark

Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized

4 Comments on “Now Available: “The Presbyterian Philosopher” – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark”

  1. LJ Says:

    Just ordered two …

  2. Forrest Schultz Says:

    Sounds like in this book the real Gordon Clark will stand up!!

    I assume, Sean, that you will tell us what you think after you have read it. Forrest


    A review of

    Douglas J. Douma The Presbyterian Philosopher:
    The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark (Wipf, 2017)
    292 pp $37.00 ISBN: 978-1-4326-0724-0

    Foreward By Clark’s Daughters: Lois Zeller and Betsy Clark George

    Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz

    This biography is so well written and carefully documented that it has received three pages (i, ii, iii) of highly laudatory plaudits from some of the most prominent leaders in the contemporary Reformed community. Perhaps the most noteworthy and impressive of these plaudits is the one by John Frame, who for the past five decades has been regarded as the leading authority on the thought of Cornelius Van Til, which has usually been deemed to be antithetical to the philosophy of Gordon Clark. And, I am pleased to say that Doug Douma has dealt with the Clark vs. Van Til controversy in a professional and irenic fashion.

    Douma has also refrained from expressions of wrath in his portrayal of the very sad defections (from Clark’s high view of Scripture) by his former students (at Wheaton College) Drs. Edward J. Carnell and Paul K. Jewett into the false notion that errors are present in Scripture – a belief for which they became notorious while they were professors at Fuller Seminary.

    On the lighter side, Douma had a lot of fun reporting the reactions of two of Clark’s other students at Wheaton: Ruth Bell and Billy Graham. Ruth said she welcomed the hard facts; but Billy rebuked Clark for being “cold”. Douma’s portrayal of Billy’s rebuke of Clark is reminiscent to that of Dr. McCoy’s reaction to the cold logic of Mr. Spock on Star Trek!


    It is not surprising that a large portion of Douma’s book is devoted to the well-known, but poorly understood, “Clark case” in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which never conducted a Clark vs. Van Til debate, but instead handled the matter in a very bureaucratic way, which many sarcastically regard as typical of Presbyterianism! Douma discusses, at different places in his book, the various elements in the Clark vs. Van Til dispute, which discussions are too lengthy and complex to summarize here. I encourage you to read and ponder them and also to consult the extensive bibliography provided in the back of the book. One of these books which I highly recommend (which is not discussed by Douma) is the late Robert L. Reymond’s The Justification of Knowledge, which sets forth my own view – I am a Reymondite Van Tillian.

    Douma concludes his story with a happy ending, relating how in their old age Clark and Van Til not only were reconciled but became friends. Such a reconciliation is rare, BUT it is not to be unexpected because of a little known fact about Westminster Theological Seminary: its campus is located on a former estate populated by rare trees, thus serving as a fitting environment for a rare reconciliation. This is very meaningful to me because those rare trees also served as a fitting environment for me many moons ago when I was a Th.M. student at WTS writing my thesis on what then was a rare topic, the Biblical view of ecology.

    Information on the author is available at

    Posts by the reviewer are found at


    SEAN, thank you once again for your notice about this book. It was really fun reading and reviewing it, AND Doug and I are now having an interesting email correspondence, where I am telling him what WTS was like when I went there.


    P.S. I have posted this review on my blog and have sent it to WTS and some other people I believe may be interested. F.

  4. LJ Says:

    Finished it yesterday and it is a must read not only for those of us old Clarkians but for anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding not only of GHC’s philosophy but the man himself.

    Highly recommend getting a copy!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: