John N. Clayton

Document Type

Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

These papers consist of materials from the “Does God Exist” ministry, including correspondence, written material, DVDs, and tapes.

Biographical Note

The following biographical note is excerpted from the Does God Exist ministry website:

“A devout atheist until his early twenties, Clayton was part of the same organized atheist group that made Madeline Murray O'Hair famous. He decided to write a book called All the Stupidity of the Bible, but instead found himself slowly becoming convinced about Christianity. Today, he travels the U.S. giving some 40 lectures per year on the subject “Does God Exist?” He is a retired teacher and geologist by profession. He holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University in education with a concentration in physics and mathematics. He holds an M.S. degree from Indiana University in education with a concentration in chemistry and psychometry. He also holds an M.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame in geology and earth science. His honors include: Distinguished Physics Teacher for the State of Indiana —1985 by the American Association of Physics Teachers; S.T.A.R Instructor for Indiana Department of Public Instruction —1990; South Bend Community School Corporation High School Teacher of the Year and School Corporation Teacher of the Year —1991.”

Does God Exist? About Us page,

Donor Note

John N. Clayton Family


The papers are arranged in three series:
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Written material
Series III: Audio/Visual

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1 - Correspondence
Series II: Written Material
Boxes 2-4 - Written Material
Series III: Audio/Visual Material
Box 5 - DVDs, tapes, and some written material


"Does God Exist"



Extent of Collection

7.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #208

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Audrey Schaffner, Matthew Stephens, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Avery Reinoehl

Subjects--Personal Names

Owens, J.R.; Jackson; Thompson; Magnolia, TX; Orvelo; Manteen; Lanier, Roy; Rocky Mountain Christian; Chovinard, Larry; Williams, Jon Gary; Thompson, Bert; Jackson, Wayne; Clark, James R.


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