- Paperback: 61 pages
- Publisher: The Trinity Foundation; 2nd edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940931737
- ISBN-13: 978-0940931732
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God and Evil: The Problem Solved (Trinity Paper No. 46) Paperback – Unabridged, 2004
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Contents: Foreword; Historical Exposition; Free Will; Reformation Theology; Gill’s Exegesis; Omniscience; Responsibility and Free Will; The Will of God; Puppets; Appeal to Ignorance; Responsibility .and Determinism; Distortions and Cautions; Deo Soli Gloria; Scripture Index; Index.
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Clark argues that "Free will was put forward to relieve God of responsibility for sin. But this it does not do... if God merely permits men to be engulfed in sin of their own free wills, the original objections ... are not thereby met. This is what the Arminian fails to notice." (Pg. 17-18) He adds, "free will is not only futile but false. Certainly, if the Bible is the Word of God, free will is false; for the Bible consistently denies free will." (Pg. 19)
He quotes Georgia Harkness's Conflict in religious thought,, "But not many, even of the most rigorous of Calvinists, would now say that if a man gets drunk and shoots his family, it is the will of God that he should do so." But Clark then clearly states, "I wish very frankly and pointedly to assert that if a man gets drunk and shoots his family, it was the will of God that he should do so. The Scriptures leave no room for doubt... that it was God's will for Herod, Pilate, and the Jews to crucify Christ." (Pg. 34-35) He asserts that "Choice and necessity are therefore not incompatible... Choice then may be defined ... as a mental act that consciously initiates and determines a further action... A choice is still a deliberate volition even if it could not have been different." (Pg. 41)
He adds, "God is sovereign. Whatever he does is just, for this very reason: Because he does it. If he punishes a man, the man is justly punished; and hence the man is responsible." (Pg. 46) He states that God "cannot be responsible for the plain reason that there is no power superior to him; no greater being can hold him accountable... The sinner, therefore, and not God, is responsible; the sinner alone is the author of sin." (Pg. 54-55)
While many Christians will disagree with Clark's opinions and reasoning, this book is a very clear statement of his views.