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Dr. Edward Dalcour's, A Definitive Look at Oneness
REVIEWS: Dr. Edward Dalcour's, A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology:In the Light of Biblical Trinitarianism
“For those who do not have
time to conduct the exegetical work necessary to refute Oneness claims but who
wish to be theologically informed or to discuss the doctrine of the Trinity with
theologians in the United Pentecostal tradition, Dalcour has provided a valuable
—Dr. John D. Laing, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Southwestern Theological Seminary, Harvard School for Theological Studies
“Dr. Edward Dalcour's work is a much needed contribution to answering the heretical theological claims of the UPCI. I am sure readers will find engaging this scholarly treatise that both documents UPCI beliefs and answers them with clear, concise exegesis of the biblical texts in question. Dalcour's work needs to find a place on the shelves of concerned Christians who are dialoguing with adherents of the UPCI. In the process of digesting Dalcour's work, Christians will find that their Christology has been sharpened and their knowledge of the doctrine of the Trinity deepened.”
—Dr. Steven Tsoukalas, Executive Director of Sound Doctrine Ministries and Adjunct Faculty, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary
"Too often apologetics is a subject uniquely avoided in many denominations and evangelical circles. Edward Dalcour has not conveniently avoided the calling of the apologist to defend the faith in his book A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology. Because the Christian church, by and large, is greatly deficient in providing a clear biblical affirmation and a scriptural defense of the doctrine of the Trinity, those who champion Oneness theology (or Modalism) have circled the wagons and with persistence and have continued to make unfounded attacks on the core of biblical theology. Oneness theology is a doctrinal attempt to destroy and undermine the simple truth of the holy Trinity. Dalcour provides a refreshing affirmation of the doctrine of the Trinity and a cogent exegetical refutation of the ancient heresy known then as Modalistic Monarchianism, known today as Oneness Pentecostalism. This book is a much needed answer to the confusion that surrounds many unsuspecting Christians."
—Dr. Richard M. Fales, Director and editor for the Biblical and American Archaeologist. Professor of Archaeology, Greek, and Apologetics for Cal Pacific, Theological Department of Pacific International University
“In A Definitive Look at
Oneness Theology, Dr. Edward Dalcour brings great clarity and insight to the
subject of Oneness theology. As he examines the Scriptures, he reveals the truth
of the Trinity and accurately disputes the claims that argue against God as
three distinct Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He expounds the
Scriptures with great detail and precision and takes seriously his calling to
defend the truth of God’s Word.”
—Dr. David Smith, Senior Pastor, Grace Point Church, Denton, TX.
"Edward Dalcour has done the Christian church a great service through
his book A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology:
Defending the Tri-Unity of God. With his exegetical skills of the
Holy Scriptures, vast knowledge of the topic, and immense passion for the
subject, Dalcour clearly demonstrates who the one true God of the Bible is.
Every apologetic group, pastor, and Bible teacher ought to have this book and a
working knowledge of this subject."
—Timothy D. Oliver, Director, Christian Soldiers Ministries
theology cuts through the very heart of biblical theology. It rejects and
distorts the biblical revelation of God. Regrettably, the Oneness view of God
has found its way into Christian communities and networks of all sorts. In A
Definitive Look at Oneness Theology, Edward Dalcour plainly and
biblically shows the fundamental differences between the unipersonal God of
Oneness theology and the triune God of historic biblical Christianity. Finally,
a clear-cut presentation of Oneness theology, which examines the issues
carefully and objectively, has arrived. This book is a must read for all
—Tom Sirotnak, President, SEND Ministries International and Regional
Director, Christian Men’s Network
I've been waiting breathlessly for such a manuscript as this. Dr. Dalcour is obviously very schooled in his bereavement and it shows as such. My wife and I have always been privy to an exegesis of oneness theology and we now can say that we've been trumped! Good Job, Edward!
—Brandon Hensley, President Team Impact Ministries, Dallas, TX
Having been raised in a Pentecostal home and spent my initial Christian
life in the Pentecostal church, I am fully aware of the so-called Oneness
Pentecostals (or "Jesus Only"). Ironically the United Pentecostal Church
International (UPCI) has spent the past few years trying to change its
perception from outsiders especially that of evangelicals even trying to join
the National Association of Evangelicals but were denied based on their refusal
to change their doctrines. While the Oneness are trying to change their image
(cult to evangelical) they are not trying to change their doctrines and continue
to preach that only the elect (the Oneness believers) are the faithfully saved
Thankfully we have brothers such as Edward Dalcour who has written this incredible volume on the subject of Modalism and the Oneness Pentecostal movement. Dalcour does a great job of showing from Scripture and from Church history the errors of the Oneness movement. He doesn't just teach biblical truth but he does a good job of interacting with Oneness writers such as the works of the UPCI theologian David Bernard (see his works on Amazon).
The book is quite easy to follow. Dalcour introduces us to Oneness theology and then examines the various points of Oneness theology. His obvious point is that he is writing to defend the historic doctrine of the Trinity against the modalistic teachings of the Oneness movement. I greatly enjoyed Dalcour using the early Church fathers to show that Bernard and the Oneness theologians are wrong in their assumption that the early Christians were modalist.
Along with Greg Boyd's ONENESS PENTECOSTALS & THE TRINITY, there are no major evangelical replies to Oneness theologians. Furthermore this work lines up with James White's THE FORGOTTEN TRINITY as major defenses of the biblical truth of the holy Trinity. A must read for every serious disciple of Jesus.