The emphasis was allegedly in contradistinction to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church of the day.
The doctrine states essentially that everything that is done is for God's glory to the exclusion of humankind's self-glorification and pride. The idea is that Christians are to be motivated and inspired by God's glory and not their own.
The Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach appended the initials "SDG" at the end of the musical manuscripts of each of his cantatas  and, indeed, many other works. This dedication was also used by his contemporary George Frideric Handel (see image on right).
Soli Deo Gloria is also the motto for Wheaton Academy, a high school located in West Chicago, Illinois, which was founded in 1853.
A common criticism of this Sola is that the doctrine is somewhat redundant to Solus Christus, since the divinity of Jesus has been acknowledged since before the time of the Apostolic Fathers and the Council of Nicea.
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