What is Solas?
Solas is a ministry organisation based in Scotland. We are primarily involved in what you might think of as apologetics, but we prefer the term “persuasive evangelism”. This involves bringing the gospel into all areas of public life – politics, art, the workplace and even the church.
Practically, that means Solas is involved in university debates, cafe discussions, newspaper articles, government white papers, social media, arts projects and more. Solas Director David Robertson is primarily involved in debating and writing. We have other contributors as well. We also work with partners such as local churches and other ministries for many activities. For example, we partner with Morphe Arts and Nomas Projects for arts events.
We can’t do it all on our own, though, so Solas is also engaged in training and resourcing ordinary Christians and the local church to practise “church-based persuasive evangelism”. Our resources include the articles on this website, several books and training manuals, online videos, DVDs and articles published in the media. We offer training through local churches, national conferences and our own events.
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The primary vision of Solas – Centre for Public Christianity is to increase the message of the gospel to culture. Distinctive in its strong evangelistic foundation of communicating the faith, it is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and opinion-makers of society and to REACH and CHALLENGE those who shape the ideas of culture with the credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our mission encompasses a fourfold thrust: EVANGELISM with a particular focus on sceptics, cultural influencers and critical thinkers; APOLOGETICS that addresses current issues and the intellectual struggles related to those concerns, and the humanitarian needs of those at risk within society; EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES that focus the mind and heart on the glory of God; and TRAINING that comes alongside the church or concerned Christians worldwide so that the mandate of 1 Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled – to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.
Solas asks its members to affirm the Apostle’s Creed. This allows diversity of doctrinal opinions with a core belief in the fundamentals of the gospel. Most of those involved with Solas would describe themselves as having a reformed, evangelical theological background, but this is not exclusively the case.