Enduring Witness is the church’s official history, first published in 1975 to honour the centenary of the Union of 1875 and to record the contribution of Presbyterianism to Canadian life. It was written by Dr. John S. Moir and has been revised and updated several times. The most recent edition brings the history of our church up to the year 2000. A digitized version of the book can now be read on The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives’ website.
The Reformation @ 500
The Reformation @ 500 Project was a five-year exploration of how the Reformation speaks to the first decades of the 21st century, 500 years after Martin Luther nailed the “95 Theses” to the church door in Wittenberg. In reflecting on the theological insights of the Reformation, scholars have identified five mottos called “solas” because in Latin each of the watchwords used the word sola or a variation of sola. “Sola” means “only” or “alone.” The five solas are: sola gratia, sola fide, sola Scriptura, solus Christus, and soli Deo gloria (grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone, Christ alone, and for God’s glory alone).
The Reformation @ 500 brought together theological teachers and ministry practitioners in a series of one-day conversations about the solas between 2013 and 2017. The annual events were held in different regions of the country bringing together presenters from the region in which the event was being held. Each year, the presenters included some voices not widely known in the Presbyterian church, these presenters deepened the conversations in helpful ways. As well, each year voices from outside the Presbyterian church enriched the discussions. Over the five events the solas were revealed as robust enough to speak to contemporary culture even 500 years after first being introduced.
Each year an article describing the year’s sola event was published in the Presbyterian Record or the Presbyterian Connection. Click here to download a summary of all the articles
Study guides have been produced for each of the solas, using reflections and insights gleaned from the presentations and conversations. The guides, which can be used individually or in groups, invite participants to reflect on what the 500-year-old theological slogans say to us today.
The last of five study guides explores “to God’s glory alone,” using reflections and insights made at an event held at Knox College, Toronto, in October 2017. The day’s presentations can be viewed here
God's Glory Alone Study Guide
Christ Alone Study Guide
Faith Alone Study Guide
Grace Alone Study Guide
Scripture Alone Study Guide
500 Years of Reformation Reflections
Prepared by representatives at the 143rd General Assembly in 2017, five reflections—one for each sola—was presented in honour of the Reformation celebration.
Five Solas Reflections