Puritan Board Freshman
I have recommended before but think it's worth repeating as a resource: Warfield, The Emotional Life of our Lord - the footnotes on this essay are extensive.
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Thanks for the resourcesNo problem. I will mention that Clark seems to have changed his opinion on the subject of emotion over the course of his life. For instance:
1944. Examination in Theology. Orthodox Presbyterian Church. July 7.
1952. Review of Art and Society, by Catherine Rau. The Philosophical Review 61, No. 2 Apr.
I can hardly think of a more pleasant description of a positive emotion than a "health-giving breeze." Compare this to statements he makes 30 years later:
1983. Knowledge and Persons (44:26) (The Sangre de Cristo Lectures on the Holy Spirit, 2)
Notice Clark essentially commits the fallacy of asserting the consequent:
[Nearly] all church fights are due to emotions.
Fights are bad.
Therefore, emotions are bad.
Further, the audience member's question about Stoicism is well-taken. Consider the following statement Clark makes:
1950. Hellenistic and Roman Schools of Philosophy. In A History of Philosophical Systems Vergilius Ferm, ed. New York: The Philosophical Library.
Of course, Clark might reply that both Stoics and Christians can seek to suppress emotions without collapsing into one system. In any case, the comparison is noteworthy, and I don't find his subsequent exegesis of Colossians 3:5 to be convincing.
That’s something I am aiming to achieve practically. Emotions has affected my life in negative ways and caused me to make bad decisions in life. Even in joy, emotions can make one be prideful. That perhaps triggers me to think that even emotions that are not unto sin, is unnecessary.Given that the original post stated that "Emotion is unnecessary and often involuntary," that is a good question. Perhaps the reply would be that of Clark - to train oneself to "meditate and be still," by which, perhaps, it might be possible to inhibit the experience of involuntary emotions - not that I agree with such a goal.
I wrote an article on my blog about emotions. I believe that emotion is not a faculty of the soul and it is the consequence of the fall of man, though a controlled emotional reaction is not necessarily sinful in itself. Biblical virtues such as love, joy, peace, and so on are not emotions, but they are volition. What do you think?
If a minister was too heterodox for the OPC that's really saying a lot.The best thing to do with the writings of Gordon Clark is to leave them on the shelf in preference to much better literature that has stood the test of time. Read Augustine, read Aquinas, read Calvin, read Perkins, read Owen, read Turretin, read Boston, read a thousand others before reading Gordon Clark in anything but small doses.
The best thing to do with the writings of Gordon Clark is to leave them on the shelf in preference to much better literature that has stood the test of time. Read Augustine, read Aquinas, read Calvin, read Perkins, read Owen, read Turretin, read Boston, read a thousand others before reading Gordon Clark in anything but small doses.