In God’s Glory Alone, renowned scholar David VanDrunen teaches through 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. 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 session addresses several of today’s great cultural challenges and temptations—such as distraction and narcissism—and reflects on how commitment to God’s glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.
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.
Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In God's Glory Alone, you will learn how the rallying cry of “soli Deo gloria” is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of today’s contemporary challenges.
With the Course and Study Pack, the audio and video lectures are combined with the accompanying book God's Glory Alone to enhance your engagement with the content. Faith Alone lectures are accessible to a variety of audiences—college and seminary students, pastors, lay learners, and anyone interested in learning about the authority of God’s Word.
David VanDrunen (JD, Northwestern University School of Law; PhD Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author of Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture and Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law.