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 the God’s Glory Alone online course, renowned scholar David VanDrunen teaches through the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. Units examine 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. VanDrunen illustrates 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, each unit addresses several of today's great cultural challenges and temptations—such as distraction and narcissism—and reflect on how commitment to God's glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.
By completing this course, you’ll gain
Greater understanding of the idea of all glory belonging to God and the biblical basis for this doctrine
Insight into current challenges to the teachings of God’s glory alone and why this doctrine matters to your faith today
A thorough overview of where humans and our work bring glory to God
- Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments