The Impact of Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria is the Latin phrase which means “To God Alone Be The Glory.” This phrase summarizes the theology of the Reformation. The theology of the Reformation is expressed most clearly in five phrases. But, this phrase summarizes all of the others. Why are the Scriptures Alone our authority? Why is Christ Alone the source of our salvation? Why is Grace Alone the reason for our salvation? Why is Faith Alone the way we are justified? The answer to all the above is in order that God Alone would receive the Glory!

Johann Sebastian Bach signed his compositions, S.D.G., and carved into the organ at Leipzig (standing for Soli Deo Gloria). The “Golden Age” of English Literature (with Shakespeare, Milton, and Bunyan) was greatly influenced by the idea of Soli Deo Gloria. The rise of modern science owes its emergence, in part, to this truth of the Reformation. The Protestant Work Ethic, which has made the United States the most prosperous nation on earth, simply stated is that all work should be done to the Glory of God. When is man at his best? When he does his best for the Glory of God!


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this all important principle of Soli Deo Gloria. You mentioned J.S. Bach – you might be interested to check out a music organization I both direct and love, Soli Deo Gloria, that was inspired by this same phrase that Bach inscribed on his scores. We are seeking to honor God through new works of sacred music, much like Bach did. I know of no other organization like it!

    Chandler Branch, Exe. Dir.
    Soli Deo Gloria

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