[Common Places] The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria
This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.
Soli Deo Gloria—Glory to God Alone—in some ways seems the odd man out…
The Glory of God According to Leigh, Edwards, Bavinck, and Westminster
What does the Reformed motto soli Deo gloria actually mean, for both God and us? While it is often reduced to a call for moral action, David VanDrunen reveals it to be a far more theocentric battle cry.
God’s Glory Alone retrieves this rich, nuanced Reformed conception in order to help us rightly view God and enable us to reflect his glory.
Below we briefly engage an early chapter to show how three key Reformed theologians and one foundational confession explain this motto. You will learn what I myself learned:
The glory of God is first and foremost about God himself and how he reveals his glory in the world. (28)
The Glory of God and Edward Leigh
Edward Leigh may not be as recognized as…
It’s All About Him – An Excerpt from God’s Glory Alone
In God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, which is available to order now, renowned scholar David VanDrunen looks at the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. He calls it “the glue that holds the other solas in place…” As he examines the biblical themes and traces it through history, he concludes by addressing several of today’s great cultural challenges and temptations—such as distraction and narcissism—and reflecting on how commitment to God’s glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.
In popular conception, the Reformation motto soli Deo gloria is sometimes reduced to a call for moral action: we Christians should pursue all activities for the glory of God as our only…
7 Things I Learned About the Glue that Holds the ‘Solas’ Together
Perhaps the most important yet overlooked sola is soli Deo gloria. Yet David VanDrunen believes this glory-to-God-alone rallying cry is especially noteworthy, because it is “the glue that holds the other solas in place…” (15)
He explores this cornerstone sola in his new book God’s Glory Alone. It’s one of five books in a groundbreaking new series that helps readers understand what the Reformers taught and why it still matters, in order to recover our theological bearing and find spiritual refreshment.
His chief interest is “to consider how we might build on the Reformers’ insights and gain a deeper and fuller picture of the glory of God and its implications for Christian faith and life.” (25) He accomplishes his task by walking the reader through the glory of God…