God's Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life (Five Solas)
“A timely project, and not simply because the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will soon be upon us. Much of who we are is determined by where we have come from; at a time when even so significant a part of our past as the Reformation is, for many, little more than a name, informed, accessible treatments of its basic principles are welcome indeed.”See All
Professor of Early Christianity, McMaster University
“I welcome this new series and its substantial engagement with the great themes of Reformation theology.”See All
founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.
“The Reformations 500th Anniversary will be celebrated as a significant historical event. However, The Five Solas series explores the contemporary relevance of this legacy for the global church. Superb evangelical scholars have been enlisted not only to summarize the solas, but to engage each from historical, exegetical, and constructive perspectives. These volumes demonstrate that, far from being exhausted slogans, the Reformations key themes need to be rediscovered for the churchs very existence and mission in the world.”See All
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“The Protestant Reformation was driven by a renewed appreciation of the singular fullness of the triune God and his unique sovereignty in all of human life. But that profound reality expressed itself with regard to many questions and in a number of forms, ranging from facets of the liturgy to soteriological tenets and back again. Im delighted to see this new series expositing the five most influential expressions of that God-centeredness, the pivotal solas of the Protestant Reformation. By expounding the biblical reasoning behind them, I hope these volumes will invigorate a more profoundly theological vision of our lives and callings as Christians and churches.”See All
Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“This book does much more than defend a reformation slogan. VanDrunens examination of soli Deo gloria explores who God is and who God intends us to be. Clearly and occasionally wonderfully written, thorough, wise, and biblically deep, it says so much that Christians in our day should hear that I find myself picturing venuesSunday School, student discussion groups, class assignmentswhere I can use it. Read it and grow.”See All
Mark R. Talbot
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College
“The solas of the Reformation too easily devolve into empty slogans. David VanDrunens book is a precious remedy against such devolution. VanDrunen traces the radiant arc of Gods glory from its internal full- ness in the blessed Trinity to its external manifestation in creation and covenant, in the triune work of salvation, and in Gods eternal kingdom. Along the way, he addresses the vices that inhibit us from admiring and answering Gods glory and provides practical instruction in the virtues that promote awe and adoration in the presence of our glorious God. Reading this book will reinvigorate wonder and worship to the glory of God alone.”See All
Scott R. Swain
Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
“Between these covers, one of our days most thoughtful and prolific Reformed thinkers serves up a robust and edifying exposition of the car- dinal cry of the Reformed tradition, soli Deo gloria. As VanDrunen deftly demonstrates, this sola is no ordinary slogan; everything turns on what these three little words declare and his God-centered and Christ-focused treatment draws out the heart of Scripture, through the Reformed tradi- tion, and applies it directly to our ever too vanity-distracted lives. Take this book up; it will do you much good.”See All
Bruce P. Baugus
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“This book mines deep biblical truths about Gods glory in a way that shows how we should think and act in God-centered rather than self- centered ways. A wonderful book that leads us into awe and adoration.”See All
David F. Wells
Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the "solas": sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God s glory.
In God's Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, renowned scholar David VanDrunen looks at the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. Then he turns to the biblical story of God's glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ's Second Coming and the glorification of his people. In light of these wonderful biblical themes 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.