Without minimizing their mutual dependence, it is important to note that it is solus Christus which uniquely unites the other solas to bring us the full glory of God in the Gospel. Let us consider briefly why Christ alone is at the center of the Reformation solas and the rest of Christian theology.
On October 31, 1517, an unsuspecting monk ventured to challenge the prevailing ecclesial authorities of his day by posting his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Underlying his disputes with the Indulgence Industrial Complex was a theme that would become one of the single most important rallying points in the Protestant Reformation.
Sola fide has been the rallying cry for generations of Christians. Yet in his new book Tom Schreiner wonders, “Does sola fide still matter today?”
In 1994, leading Catholic and Evangelical leaders signed the document “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” affirming their common faith and common mission on the eve of the third millennium.
Five years later, mainline Lutherans and the Catholic Church similarly came together to bury the hatchet, as it were, in their “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”
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)
"What is the solution to this mess called sin?" This is one of the most important questions the Gospel answers. In Faith Alone — the first book in the "5 Solas Series" — Thomas Schreiner reminds us that salvation is by faith alone, and how fundamental this is to the Gospel. Read the introduction here, then order your copy of Faith Alone today.
The title of this book is God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture, which is another way of saying sola Scriptura. But what is sola Scriptura? Sola Scriptura means that only Scripture, because it is God’s inspired Word, is our inerrant, sufficient, and final authority for the church.
“We cannot judge whether it is finished, of course, unless we understand how it began.”
In today’s excerpt taken from The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants after 500 Years, authors Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo highlight the importance of understanding the starting point of the Reformation in order to discern whether it is finished.
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.
Many have a hard time reconciling the words of Paul with the words of James on faith and works. Does “faith without deeds is useless” discount “faith alone”? In this excerpt from Faith Alone, Thomas Schreiner explores both, bringing the two into tension. Consider this excerpt from the first book in the “5 Solas Series.”
Next year, on October 31, 2017, many will celebrate the monumental five-hundred-year anniversary of when an unsuspecting monk posted a list of grievances on the door of a nondescript church in Germany—launching what would become known as the Protestant Reformation.
But is such a repairing enterprise finished; is the Reformation over?
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.
Does sola fide still matter today? Is the notion of justification by faith alone merely a relic of past doctrinal debates?
Catholics and Protestants generally agree on the nature of the triune God, affirming the following divine attributes in accordance with God’s own revelation of himself.