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Tagshistory (1,083), church history (789), literature (367), biography (346), philosophy (307), new testament (245), apologetics (203), fiction (176), systematic theology (146), theology (144) — see all tags

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About meI am a doctoral student in history at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) under the supervision of Adriaan Neele where I am writing a dissertation on Arnold Dallimore and evangelical historiography. Before that I wrote a thesis on the influence of patristics on James Ussher's christology for a master of theology at Toronto Baptist Seminary. I also had the pleasure of co-editing "The Pure Flame of Devotion: A History of Christian Spirituality" with Steve Weaver (Joshua Press, 2013).
I'm married to a lovely Welsh girl named Vicky and we have three kids, Jack, Molly, and Kate. We live in the centre of the world, aka. Toronto. We are also members of West Toronto Baptist Church.
You can find out more about me and my writings here:

GroupsChristianity, Reformation Historians, Reformed Theology

Favorite authorsCornelius van Til (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresCrux Books


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Real nameIan Hugh Clary

LocationToronto, Ontario

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Member sinceSep 26, 2005

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Hi Ian,

Thanks for accepting. We hope you'll consider reviewing some of our titles.

yo back. Merry Christmas.
Wow, you surpassed me. Bravo.
You also are a nerd.
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I have not cataloged most of my books. I have not cataloged for example my 17th cent. English Puritan theology collect or Church History-I have been mainly cataloging the used books I buy each month-some day I will get around to cataloging all my books-peace Jonny
"Oh no, no, no. You can't add Jenn's books to your account! That's cheating!!!"

Hmmm.. "And all my worldy goods.." Or something like that. What's mine is hers and what's hers is mine.

You have some catching up to do, my friend :-)

Hey.. Want a challenge?.. Keith and I are seeing who can consume more books in 2011. It counts written books as well as audio books. I did 50 in 2010.. I'm aiming at 75-85 this year.
Hey Ian,

Just a quick note to extend my appreciation for your article in PRJ 2.1. You presented a useful overview of the relevant literature and propose a balanced and historically-informed conclusion. It's a topic I've explored to some degree in the past and have arrived at similar conclusions - may it receive a wide readership. Press on, brother.
The blog I mentioned in an earlier comment (Mar 5, 2007) has been closed down.
I see that you added Berkouwer's book, "A Half Century of Theologyā€¯. At my new blog - link on my profile page - , there are lots of posts on Berkouwer's theology. I hope you'll find something of interest there.
Trying to keep up with me?
Yeah, I got a couple good books here and there, you?
Hey Ian,

Sorry to have to make you repeat yourself; I see your note about Ussher in your profile. That sounds interesting, precious little done on Ussher. I own Alan Ford's monograph on Ussher but haven't read it yet. Any particular thoughts on that work? I've heard Dr. Haykin preach and teach and have a few works by him - he seems like a fine choice for your interests. My interest is purely vocational, though I wish it were more. Although at this point in my life I'm not sure how much academic nonsense I could tolerate. At some point, I'd like to translate/edit some of the Post-Ref works I have in my collection. Over to you.
Hey Ian,

Thanks for the kind words - looks like we have 200+ things in common thus far. I'm curious about your Th.M. topic - if you care to discuss.

Take care
Now now son, you are doing quite well! I remember the good old days when my LibraryThing account totaled 1500! I better get index some more books, I'm concerned you may catch up by, oh, 2012.

Have you ever considered tagging what you read? (or maybe you rate everything you read?) Just wondering. I used to use "tags", but now I use the "Collections" feature for it. Collections are better. Because, let's say I want to see all Wodehouse books I've read, all I gotta do then is go to search by Wodehouse and then flip the correct collection away from "Your Library" to "Read" and BINGO, I can see how many Wodehouse books I've read.
Hey you...
What's up? How is the church going? I see you reading Descartes! well I tell you it will be sweeter in French :)

Who are you shooting on your picture there? Did you hit the target?
Just want to say thanks for showing me this site, i am loving it so far. If am behind in my readings know that it is your fault. I just can't stop entering books!
Looks like you got some good stuff! I take it you got them at the book sale, and Keith went with you?

I've got some interesting looking stuff that should be in this month or next. One of them is a book by Ron Paul on foreign policy and I'll be getting a couple books from Douglas Wilson that I've been wanting to read.

Oh, and we now share 20 books.

God bless..
Yikes! Did you come across a CRAZY book sale? :)
I know you are but what am I
Update. I've put all my material on to a new blog -
God bless you.
hi! Ian this is Jonny "crookedfingers" came across your library this afternoon-I am now cataloging my books on LibraryThing-hope all is well-nice collection of books.
Ian, good to connect again. BTW, I read your article in EB a while back. Good job.
Hey Ian. Just started using I see we have 4 books in common. A good mix, from Rutherford to Marx :)
Yes, I must admit, it is terrific (and incredibly humbling) being around those two. I think the best part of it is sitting in their classes during the week, then hearing them preach at First Pres on Sundays. We are truly blessed to have them around. I've been meaning to pick up that Haykin book, but you know how seminary drains the wallet...

Thought that I would pass this on to you. If you don't have plans for Spring Break, Paul Helm is coming here to do a class/seminar that week on predestination. You're more than welcome to crash at our place. Just a thought.

Grace and peace.
As you likely noticed, I try to stay away from heavy topics on my blog. I've found that when I get into controversial waters, the result is a debate via blog, and such debates I prefer to avoid. I do check your blog often, and very much enjoy it. I also enjoy reading another TBS blog, that of the esteemed Michael Haykin.

As far as the Van Til issue goes, I am heavily influenced by several men here at RTS. On one hand, there is Derek Thomas, Ligon Duncan, and Duncan Rankin. These men would consider themselves presuppositionalism-friendly common sense realists (if that is possible). On the other hand, there is Andrew Hoffecker, my advisor and church history prof. He's quite the Van Tillian, and he has heavily influenced me as well. I guess this is all to say that I have not yet landed. But your words are encouraging. I hope to return to Van Til sometime soon, particularly because a better understanding of him and others (Rushdoony, Bahnsen, etc.) will significantly help me to communicate charitably with my FV and theonomist friends.

Take care and have an extraordinary Thanksgiving!
How did you manage to marry a lovely Welsh girl. I am also married to one, but I found her in Wales.
Great library. Very similar to mine. You and I actually have more books in common than librarything says we do.
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