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Solas of the Reformation

Five Solae

Though there were many issues addressed in the Protestant Reformation, especially surrounding church tradition and political power, there were none more fundamental than the fight for the truths of scripture.

Out of this fierce 40 year battle came five Latin phrases that would become the theological legacy of the Reformation and the wedge between the Roman Catholic Church and the New Protestant believers.

The 5 Solas of the Reformation:

  1. Sola Scriptura: “Scripture alone”

  2. Sola Fide: “Faith alone”

  3. Sola Gratia: “Grace alone”

  4. Solus Christus: “Christ alone”

  5. Soli Deo Gloria: “to the Glory of God alone”

These phrases were the guts of the Protestant Reform and the foundation upon which the new Protestant Church would stand. In the coming days we will take a look at each of these Solae and pursue what they mean for us 500 years later.



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