Jack Cottrell
Born30 April 1938 Edit this on Wikidata (age 83)
Stamping Ground, Kentucky, U.S.
(m. 1958)

Jack Cottrell (born June 30, 1938)[citation needed] is a Christian theologian, philosopher and author in the Christian churches and churches of Christ, which are part of the Restoration Movement which also includes the Disciples of Christ and the Churches of Christ. He was a professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University from 1967 to 2015.[1] He has authored many books on Christian philosophy, doctrine and theology.[2]

Early life and education

Jack Cottrell was born in Stamping Ground, Kentucky. He married his wife Barbara in 1958 in a traditional ceremony.[3] Cottrell received a BA from Cincinnati Christian University in 1959 and also a BS from the University of Cincinnati.[4] He then earned an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.[5]

Cincinnati Christian University and Writing

Cottrell returned to Cincinnati Christian University in 1967 holding a conservative view of the Bible and Christianity. He has since authored over 20 books on Christian theology and doctrine.[6] Frequent topics include grace, faith, baptism, Biblical accuracy, Biblical consistency, and the nature of God.[7][8] He has also tackled other issues including leadership and gender roles in Christianity. Cottrell has additionally authored several Biblical commentaries.

His books include

He has also authored several Biblical commentaries.[9]


Cottrell supports conservative beliefs of inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible[4] and that baptism by immersion is the Biblical method.[10][11][12] Cottrell is critical of Calvinism and has mostly supported Arminianism,[13][14][15] despite attending theological institutions associated with the Reformed tradition.


Dr. Cottrell believes that the "Father, Son and Spirit are distinct persons who exist simultaneously and interact with one another."[16] He rejects a false view of the Trinity called modalism which says that there are no distinctions between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Dr. Cottrell calls modalism heretical and a "seriously false doctrine" but believes someone who believes in it can be saved.[16]

Original Sin

Dr. Jack Cottrell denies original sin, at least in the traditional sense. He believes that Romans 5:12-18 actually states that any original sin that might have existed is wiped out by "Original Grace" given to everyone through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Thus, original sin is theoretical only, and never has any real effect on the salvation of believers.[17][18] When a person sins, they receive partial depravity. Cottrell would define partial depravity as, "no matter how evil sinners may be, they all have the ability to make a free-will choice to accept the gospel."[19]

Temporality of God

Dr. Cottrell posits that God is temporal, although not bound by time.[20][21]


Cottrell believes that baptism is, "commanded in a salvation situation."[22] Cottrell expands on this thought and states that baptism is required for salvation. He says, "Repentance and baptism are ...obedience to the gospel, and are works in the same sense that faith is.""docs.google.com"/>


Cottrell is the leading opponent in the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of equality for women.

In the late 1980s, Cottrell became alarmed by the incursion of feminism in the church which he believed was against God's original design for the church. He published his book Feminism and the Bible: An Introduction to Feminism for Christians in 1992. He summarizes the 358 page tome in this blog post, "How Feminism Invaded the Church".[23], dismissing every version of feminism, including evangelical feminism, as unscriptural.

He sits on the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The mission of CBMW is "primarily to help the church defend against the accommodation of secular feminism." (CBMW Mission and Vision Statement)[24] As enumerated in its [Danvers Statement], CBMW is an evangelical organization that seeks to encourage women to the roles assigned to them by the Bible. Moreover, in every walk of life, men are expected to "exercise headship" while women are to "be in submission".(Danvers Statement)

He continued to research the topic and published two more books, Gender Roles and the Bible: Creation, the Fall, and Redemption: A Critique of Feminist Biblical Interpretation (1995), and Headship, Submission, and the Bible: Gender Roles in the Home (2008).


  1. ^ "Cincinnati Bible Seminary » Faculty". Ccuniversity.edu. Archived from the original on December 24, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "Wipf and Stock Publishers". Wipfandstock.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Jack Cottrell". copanews.org. May 27, 2009. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "What I Have Learned in 50 Years as a Theologian (Part 2)". Christian Standard. May 30, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Jack Cottrell". Ccubookstore.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jack Cottrell Books - List of books by Jack Cottrell". Allbookstores.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Dr. Jack Cottrell. "What the Bible Says about Grace: Set Free! | College Press Publishing". Collegepress.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  8. ^ Daniel J. Dyke. "Sovereignty and Free Will - Jack Cottrell". Dabar.org. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  9. ^ http://www.dardapublishing.com/_books_by_dr_jack_cottrell.html
  10. ^ [1] Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Zwinglian Immersionists". Thecra.org. August 22, 2004. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  13. ^ "Calvinism and the Bible: A Bibliography". Christian Standard. February 25, 2007. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  14. ^ http://www.willamette.edu/~ttalbott/Cottrell-comments.pdf
  15. ^ "Enjoying God Ministries". Enjoying God Ministries. November 6, 2006. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Modalism: An Heretical View of the Trinity | Jack Cottrell". jackcottrell.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  17. ^ http://jackcottrell.com/notes/depravity-total-partial-or-none-at-all/
  18. ^ "The Faith Once for All" (pp. 197-200)
  19. ^ "Depravity: Total, Partial, or None at All? | Jack Cottrell". jackcottrell.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  20. ^ Cottrell, Jack (September 4, 2000). What the Bible Says About God the Redeemer. Wipf and Stock Publishers. ISBN 9781579105235.
  21. ^ Grudem, Wayne A. (February 1, 2011). Making Sense of Who God Is: One of Seven Parts from Grudem's Systematic Theology. HarperCollins Christian Publishing. ISBN 9780310493785.
  22. ^ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hTLkr_7tJ5jarvZIqEL2YZEIeFO7r6UEKQ3USKafQko/edit?hl=en
  23. ^ How feminism invaded the church.
  24. ^ Mission vision