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The Faith Once for All: Bible Doctrine for Today Hardcover – November, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0899009056 ISBN-10: 0899009050

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: College Pr Pub Co (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899009050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899009056
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Reference books of this type are so very, very important.
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He did his doctoral work at Westminster Theological Seminary and thus has a solid grasp on the tenets of Calvinism.
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If grasping theological concepts has always been difficult for you I would highly recommend this book.
L. Warren Ashley Jr.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on June 10, 2004
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Dr. Jack Cottrell is one of the most intelligent Bible scholars around and yet he often goes unnoticed because of his views on water baptism and his Arminian theology. However, this edition covers nearly all major Bible doctrines from the doctrine of God to end times. While Dr. Cottrell comes down on the Arminian side on nearly every issue, he does back his views up with exegesis from Scripture and offers replies to those opinions that are contrary to his own.
This is a great theological edition for anyone to read whether you are a Calvinist or Arminian.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Justin Mc on July 22, 2004
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Dr. Cottrell is one of the finest Biblical scholars of our day. This book (because of its Arminianism) will likely not be widely read beyond Arminian/Wesleyan cirlces. However, it deserves to be.

Dr. Cottrell explains every major doctrine of Scripture in a clear, concise way. He is not afraid to explain why he disagrees with other scholars on certain positions but he is not disrespectful. He did his doctoral work at Westminster Theological Seminary and thus has a solid grasp on the tenets of Calvinism. With this background, he explains why he disagrees with TULIP theology. However, in the end, most readers will see that his theology is exhaustive, thoroughly referenced, and Biblical. It is not solely an exposition of Arminianism. Rather, it is a solid presentation of Biblical truth.

This systematic theology deserves to be read by every serious student of the Bible, no matter what soteriological position they align themselves with. I highly recommend this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Warren Ashley Jr. on February 10, 2004
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If grasping theological concepts has always been difficult for you I would highly recommend this book. Dr. Cottrell writes factually and two the point. Agree with him or not, he will tell what he believes and why! He will also explain opposing views and and why he believes them to be in error. This has helped to answer many question that I have wresteld with for some time. It is not necessairly simple but it is understandable. If you want to develop a deeper undersatnding of Biblical doctrine then you must read this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brickner on April 5, 2009
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This is simply one of the best systematic theologies available. I've lost count of the number of copies I've given away. I've read it over and over, regularly refer to it when studying the Bible, and use it to teach. It is scripturally based, logically sound, precise in analysis, clear in explanation, in-depth in coverage, broad in range, and can be pragmatically applied. This book is written from an Arminian perspective and reflects certain doctrinal distinctives, but anyone along the conservative spectrum who cares about understanding and articulating Christian doctrine would benefit from reading it. You don't have to agree with Cottrell on every issue (I don't) to learn from this book. My Calvinist friends who read the book were impressed. In an age where doctrine in evangelical churches has been largely disregarded, this volume provides a remedy. It should be standard issue in seminaries and churches.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By seminarystudent on September 25, 2005
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jack cottrell's main strength lies in his ability to articulate complex ideas very clearly. this systematic theology and his other main works (romans commentary and his "what the bible says" series of the early 80's)boast a reputation of being readable and accessible to anyone, regardless of the level of theological education.

if you are reformed, then you must read some of the chapters that speak to predestination and providence; he is the best current arminian scholar. his doctrine of water regeneration is presented in a fair-minded fashion, but will obvioulsy turn many people off (though he is simply following suit of Augustine). the main weakness of this book, however, is that one, it is simply not exhaustive enough in analysis, and two, it does not interact with enough secondary literature enough. he almost comes across as being an obscurantist--a scholar who demonstrates a lack of desire to interact with the wider academic field of religion as a whole.

one thing is for sure about cottrell, he always seeks to root his theology in the Bible, a trait that has been too few and far between among many systematicians.

p.s. acorrection in a previous review--cottrell did his master's at Westminster theological seminary and his PhD at princeton theological seminary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Finance Prof on February 2, 2008
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Besides its biblical accuracy, the strength of this book lies in its succinct and highly readable presentation. I went through this book in one year as part of a weekly men's reading group. The chapters on original sin and predestination are nice summaries from an Arminian perspective. I also greatly benefited from the chapters on interpreting biblical prophecy and views of the end times. Cottrell takes an amillenial perspective, while providing a lucid summary and critique of other views. This book is an indispensable treasure that I refer to often.

If you want a more in-depth treatment of Free Will and Calvinism, Cottrell has an excellent three-part work titled "What the Bible Says About God the"... (1) Creator (2) Ruler (3) Redeemer. The second work in particular addresses religious determinism (including Calvinism) in detail. Cottrell also has a magnificent commentary on Romans that is written from an Arminian perspective (something rather difficult to find these days).
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