This book is required reading for one of my college classes. I have found it insightful, interesting, and it doesn't shy away from some of the 'less discussed' aspects of theology. Great read, I'd of found it interesting, even if I wasn't having to read it for class.
Dr. Jack Cottrell is one of my favorite authors. His writing is easy to read, full of Scripture, and he uses sound logic. I also appreciate that Dr. Cottrell is willing to wrestle with doctrines that many perceive to be sound but Dr. Cottrell is willing to place all teachings under the authority of the Bible. That I appreciate greatly.
In this book, Dr. Cottrell covers systematic theology from the doctrine of God to the doctrine of last things. Overall his theology is Arminian in nature and from a Restorationist viewpoint (Christian Church). His chapters on original sin are well worth reading.
For many years Grudem and Packer have been my main "go to" guys for theology. I am glad to add Cottrell to that list. Most of my theological studies have been in the reformed arena (not where Cottrell is at all) so I didn't know what to expect. I was impressed by Cottrell's clarity and it was obvious that he had thought deeply and biblically about each theological topic, even if I didn't always agree with some of his conclusions.
Cottrell's book has a wide variety of topics fundamental to the Christian faith. The book is easy to read, well organized, and backed with great research! This book is a useful tool in understanding the core principles of your Christian faith and an asset to teachers.
Have you ever wanted to obtain a better handle on theology? Here, in one single volume you can do just that. Dr. Cottrell, of whom I have the privilege of seeing on a daily basis in seminary, has written a master piece. This is a wonderful source for the new pastor, new student in seminary, or the layman. Dr. Cottrell writes in such a way so that even the uneducated have the ability to grasp the true meanings.