Soli Deo Gloria is a Latin term for Glory to God alone. It has been used by artists like Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Christoph Graupner to signify that the work was produced for the sake of praising God. The phrase has become one of the five solae propounded to summarise the Reformers’ basic beliefs during the Protestant Reformation.
As a doctrine, it means that everything is done for God’s glory to the exclusion of mankind’s self-glorification and pride. Christians are to be motivated and inspired by God’s glory and not their own.
Together with sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura and solus Christus, the phrase has become part of what is known as the Five Solae, a summary statement of central tenets of the Protestant Reformation. Although these individual phrases have been used for centuries, it is not clear when they were first put together.
We have come across a very few business owners and individuals who have, at the very end of their publications, tagged on a page with this inscription, just as the great artists and artisinal tradesmen did in previous centuries. The letters signifiy a dedication to and acknowledgement of the higher power at the heart of all human enterprise.