Grace Alone - Salvation as a Gift of God (The Five Solas Series)
: Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were the five solas: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five solas do not...
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Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were the five solas: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five solas do not merely summarize what the Reformation was all about but have served to distinguish Protestantism ever since. They set Protestants apart in a unique way as those who 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 not only give God all of the glory but to do all things vocationally for his glory.
2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. And yet, even in the twenty-first century we need the Reformation more than ever. As James Montgomery Boice said not long ago, while the Puritans sought to carry on the Reformation, today "we barely have one to carry on, and many have even forgotten what that great spiritual revolution was all about." Therefore, we "need to go back and start again at the very beginning. We need another Reformation." In short, it is crucial not only to remember what the solas of the Reformation were all about, but also to apply these solas in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.
James Montgomery Boice, "Preface," in Here We Stand: A Call from Confessing Evangelicals (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1996), 12.
Matthew Barrett is Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London. He is the executive editor of Credo Magazine, as well as the author and editor of several books, including Salvation by Grace, Four Views on the Historical Adam, and Owen on the Christian Life.nbsp;
Carl R. Trueman (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Luthers Legacy: Salvation and English Reformers, 1525–1556; The Claims of Truth: John Owens Trinitarian Theology; Reformation: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow; The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism; John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man; and Minority Report: Unpopular Essays on Everything from Ancient Christianity to Zen Calvinism.
He is also the editor of Themelios and has contributed to the Dictionary of Historical Theology; the Dictionary of National Biography; The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology, and the Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- :each Volume Will Be Structured Into Three Parts And Will Be Approximately 70,000-80,000 Words In Length.1.sola______ In Historical Perspective.part 1 Of Each Volume Seeks To Take The Reader Back To The Sixteenth Century, Providing The Reader With The Historical Background To The Sola In Focus. 2.sola______ In Biblical And Theological Perspective.part 2 Moves From The Historical To The Biblical, Seeking To Defend The Sola In Focus Both Biblically And Theologically. 3.sola______ In Light Of Contemporary Challenges. Part 3 Addresses New Challenges To The Sola In Focus. The Purpose Of This Final Section Is Not Merely To Answer Contemporary Challenges, But To Show The Relevancy Of Reformation Theology Today.