Announcing “The 5 Solas Series” (Zondervan)
As the series editor, I (Matthew Barrett) am very excited to announce The 5 Solas Series, published by Zondervan. Starting in the Fall of 2015, Zondervan will release Thomas Schreiner’s volume, Faith Alone—The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series). From that point forward, four other volumes will release over the next two years, leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. What are these volumes? Here they are (in the order they will be released):
Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification, by Thomas Schreiner (September, 2015)
God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of the Christian Faith and Life, by David VanDrunen (December, 2015)
God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture, by Matthew Barrett (September, 2016)
Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God, by Carl Trueman (December, 2016)
Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior, by Stephen Wellum (2017)
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, we need to recover these truths and restate them for a new generation. As James Montgomery Boice once said, 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.” In this series, you’ll travel back to the Reformation and learn where these rallying cries first emerged, examining the historical, biblical, and theological roots of the solas. Then you’ll learn how they are relevant today and how to apply the solas in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.
Zondervan has done a fantastic job with designing each book in the series, as you can see from the cover of Tom Schreiner’s volume. And having edited the first three volumes I can say this series promises to be an excellent resource for students and pastors alike, not only looking at the historical heritage of each sola, but showing its biblical foundations and relevance for today.
Also, each of the contributors has delivered a message on their topic at the Southern Seminary Theology Conference in the Fall of 2015. Below you will find the videos from that conference.
The Five Solas Conference
Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. Barrett is also Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church. He is the author and editor of several books, including Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration. Two forthcoming books include, Owen on the Christian Life and God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture. You can read about Barrett’s other publications at matthewmbarrett.com.