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God's Glory Alone - the Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life (The Five Solas Series)

David VandrunenMatthew Barrett
Gods Glory Alone - the Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life (The Five Solas Series)
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God's Glory Alone - the Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life (The Five Solas Series)

David VandrunenMatthew Barrett

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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.



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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.


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David Vandrunen

David M. VanDrunen (J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California

Dr. VanDrunen, a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, began teaching at Westminster Seminary California in 2001. His present research interests include natural law, the two kingdoms doctrine, and bioethics. He was the recipient of the Acton Institutes Novak Award in 2004 and was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in the spring of 2009.

Dr. VanDrunen is the author or editor of five books, most recently Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions; The Law is not of Faith: Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant; A Biblical Case for Natural Law. and Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture. His scholarly articles have appeared in many journals, including the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Calvin Theological Journal, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Journal of Church and State, and Journal of Law and Religion.

Matthew Barrett

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;

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  • :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.

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A neglected doctrine
4 stars By Hoa, Apr 03 2017
Vandrunen traces God's glory through church history and the story-line of the Bible. He finishes with three surprising but often neglected areas of application to everyday life in distraction, narcissism and hope for the future. A helpful primer to this doctrine.
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Book of the Year Candidate
5 stars By Tanwin, Nov 23 2016
I expected this book to be solid theologically but dry in its style. Boy was I wrong! Glory is one those intangible things that is hard to describe, like love. But this book really delivers what "Soli Deo Gloria" means.

This is one of the 5 Solas Series to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation in 2017. So no wonder that this book first visits God's glory from the Reformed tradition. This book really brings me back why the Reformed tradition has such a big impact for me: it's all about God!

This book has 3 distinct sections: (1) The glory of God in Reformed tradition. This is basically a historical theology on what the reformers mean by Soli Deo Gloria. (2) The glory of God in Scripture. This reads like a biblical theology where it covers the progression of glory from Sinai to the cross and the New Heaven and New Earth. (3) The glory of God today. This is the practical side of the book where it talks about prayer and worship.

This is one of the best books I've read this year. So out of 90 books I've read, this must be on the top 5! A must have book, not only for the Reformed.

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