R. Scott Clark

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R. Scott Clark
Robert Scott Clark

1961 (age 58–59)
EducationMaster of Divinity, DPhil (Oxon)
OccupationSeminary professor, pastor, author
EmployerWestminster Seminary California

Robert Scott Clark (born 1961) is an American Reformed pastor and seminary professor. He is the author of several books, including his most recent work, Recovering the Reformed Confession.


Clark earned his B.A. from the University of Nebraska, Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California, and D. Phil from the University of Oxford. Since 1997 he has been teaching at Westminster Seminary California, where he served as Academic Dean from 1997-2001; currently he is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology. He has also taught at Wheaton College (Illinois), Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, and Concordia University, Irvine. He is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America.[1] He maintains an online journal entitled the Heidelblog, which was deleted for a time in 2011, but is now in regular production.



  • Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2008) (ISBN 1596381108)
  • Caspar Olevian and the Substance of the Covenant: The Double Benefit of Christ (Edinburgh: Rutherford House, December 2005) (ISBN 9781601780539)

Editor and Contributor[edit]

  • William Ames, A Sketch of the Christian's Catechism. Trans., Todd M. Rester. Classic Reformed Theology vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Press, 2008. (ISBN 978-1-60178-045-4)
  • Caspar Olevianus, An Exposition of the Apostles' Creed. Trans. Lyle D. Bierma. Classic Reformed Theology vol. 2. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Press, 2009. (ISBN 9781601780744
  • Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California. ed. R. Scott Clark Phillipsburg: N.J.: P&R Pub, 2007. (ISBN 1596380357)
  • Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, ed., Carl Trueman and R. Scott Clark. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 1999. (ISBN 1597527882)
  • Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey. ed., R. Scott Clark and Joel E. Kim. Escondido, CA: Westminster Seminary California, 2010. (ISBN 9780982880500)


  • "Calvin: A Negative Boundary Marker In American Lutheran Self-Identity, 1871–1934". in Johan de Niet, Herman Paul and Bart Wallet, ed. Sober, Strict, and Scriptural: Collective Memories of John Calvin, 1800-2000. (Brill, 2009), (ISBN 9789004174245)
  • "The Benefits of Christ: Double Justification in Protestant Theology before the Westminster Assembly" in Anthony T. Selvaggio, ed. The Faith Once Delivered: Essays in Honor of Dr. Wayne R. Spear (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2007), 107-34. (ISBN 1596380209)
  • "Election and Predestination: Sovereign Expressions of God", in David Hall and Peter Lillback, ed. A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2008). (ISBN 1596380918)
  • "Whosever Will Be Saved: Emerging Church? Meet Christian Dogma", in Gary Johnson ed., Reforming or Conforming: Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008). (ISBN 143350118X)
  • "Reconstructionism", in The New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics, eds Campbell Campbell-Jack, Gavin J. McGrath (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2006). (ISBN 0830824510)
  • "Janus, the Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel and Westminster Theology", in David VanDrunen, ed., The Pattern of Sound Words: A Festschrift for Robert B. Strimple (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2004), 149-80. (ISBN 0875527175)
  • [with Joel R. Beeke], "Ursinus, Oxford and the Westminster Divines", in The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century: Essays in Remembrance of the 350th Anniversary of the Publication of the Westminster Confession of Faith, 3 vol. ed. Ligon Duncan (Ross-Shire, Scotland: Mentor, 2003), 2. 1-32. (ISBN 1857928628)
  • "The Authority of Reason in the Later Reformation: Scholasticism in Caspar Olevian and Antoine de La Faye", in Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, ed., Carl Trueman and R. Scott Clark (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 1999), 111-26. (ISBN 1597527882)
  • "Calvin as Negative Boundary Marker in American Lutheran Self-Identity", in Johan de Niet, Herman Paul, and Bart Wallet, ed., The Modern Calvin: John Calvin in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Memory Cultures (Leiden: Brill, 2009).
  • "The Evangelical Fall from the Means of Grace", in The Compromised Church, ed. John Armstrong (Wheaton: Crossway, 1998), 133-47. (ISBN 1581340060)

Journal Articles[edit]

  • Iustitia Imputata Christi: Alien or Proper to Luther’s Doctrine of Justification? Concordia Theological Quarterly 70 (2006): 269-310.
  • Baptism and the Benefits of Christ: The Double Mode of Communion in the Covenant of Grace, The Confessional Presbyterian Journal 2 (2006): 3-19.
  • The Catholic-Calvinist Trinitarianism of Caspar Olevian, Westminster Theological Journal 61 (1999): 15–39.
  • Calvin and the Lex Naturalis, Stulos Theological Journal 6 (1998): 1–22.


  1. ^ http://wscal.edu/academics/faculty-bio/r-scott-clark Clark's bio at Westminster Seminary, California.

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