Soli Deo Gloria
translation: For the Glory of God Alone!
Motto: “Soli Deo Gloria”
One of the five “solas” born out of the Protestant Reformation, soli deo gloria became a central rallying cry of the Reformers. It literally translates “for the glory of God alone.” Composer, J.S. Bach was known to sign his compositions with his name and the initials “S.D.G.” (soli deo Gloria).
Philosophically, this phrase points us to the reality that we are called to surrender all aspects of our life to the domain and glory of God. This encompasses knowing and functioning from a biblical worldview as well as seeing all content/competency areas through this lens. If we, as an educational institution, live “soli deo gloria” then math is not just numbers and patterns. Math, instead, becomes one discipline (amongst many) which, mastered, points to the glory of God alone. Likewise, music is not just learning to sing or recognizing tone, pitch, or terminology. As Bach declared, “the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
When soli deo gloria is applied to one’s life, every facet of life (or an entire institution) should be dynamically different. The answer to every question can be found in this one motto. Why do we do what we do? Simply… for the glory of God alone!
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.