5 Sep Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement. Aulen applies “history of ideas’ methodology to. The term Christus Victor comes from the title of Gustaf Aulén’s groundbreaking book 1st published in ’31 which drew attention to early Church understanding of. GUSTAV AULÉN AND CHRISTUS VICTOR. In recent years, the theory of atonement known as Christus Victor (“Christ the victor”) has been both championed.

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Sleiman Forum Activity Replied: I highly recommend this if you are seeking to understand the Christus Victor perspective of Christ’s atonement. In Anselm’s logical but revolutionary extension of penance theology, God is unable or unwilling to pardon humanity without having his Kingship honored by a payment of blood later this would take the form of “penal substitution”, the Reformation idea that God’s justice, not his honor, is at stake christhs the Atonement. Written in German from lectures Gustaf Aulen presented in the early ‘s.

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At times I thought some points were belabored, and maybe they were, but I also expect I was not picking up on some nuances at the time as well. Miller rated it liked it.

cbristus Starting with Irenaeus early 2nd century as one of the earliest and clearest examples of the ‘classic idea’ “The Word of God, who is God Himself, has entered in under the conditions of sin and death, to take up the conflict with the powers of evil and carry it through to the decisive victory. Vivtor larger story concerns the victory over evil as a whole that was won, according to the New Testament, on the cross.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Previous Topic Next Topic. Get this book, and it will change your views profoundly on the subject.

I’d like more thoughts on how specifically a reformed atonement theology can be recast to allow for classic atonement theology, but that’s not really his project, so I’ll have to go elsewhere for that. While most of the little details have been proven imprecise, the broader point is well worth hearing. Jun 04, Donald Linnemeyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Please try again later.


Anyone who wants to think about After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. Being relatively short, odds are we read it between two class sessions as a supplement to the primary source materials covered.

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This is a great post for me; and I thank you for it! Storytelling, Imagination and Apologetics in the Bible. Finally, there are too many excellent asides and thoughtful supporting points made to mention.

Being the most ‘rational theory’ to date many historians took Anselm’s to be the summation of early church thought and begin most studies here. Is Mebin Forum Activity Replied: Satisfaction Theory, Aulen claims, contains a divine discontinuity and a legal continuity while the central emphasis of Christus Victor is of a divine continuity and a legal discontinuity.

But the books merits include the fact that it finally back in offered a taxonomy on how to think through different ideas of the atonement.

The earliest Church, however, never viewed the atonment exactly like we do today and that is what the Christus Victor book explains. Both of these models are objective, but while the penal view rescues humanity from God’s punishment, the Christus Victor view sees the atonement as rescuing humanity from demonic oppression. The only solution is that God becomes man; this is the answer to the question Cur Deus homo?

Nov 02, Steve rated it liked it. Write a customer review. One major difference he sees between the classic model and the later penal models is an emphasis on Christ’s divinity in the former and Christ’s humanity in the latter.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is Aulen’s “surprising” approach. Theological re discoveries and re framings of this scale are rare.


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Gustaf Aulén – Wikipedia

This Dualism is an altogether radical opposition, but it is not an absolute Dualism; for christuz the scriptural view evil has not an eternal existence 5, n.

After all, Barth had completely revised his commentary on the Epistle to the Romanswhich was published in the second edition ; and his work on the Church Dogmatics only began sometime between at Bonn where he held a short tenure as Professor of Systematic Theology before taking a post in Basel, Switzerland.

He redeemed it still united to his nature on the cross. First, that we are again listening to the classic idea of the Atonement–indeed, we get the impression that it is being presented with a greater intensity and power than ever before; cjristus, second, that the dramatic view of the work of Christ, which Luther so emphatically expresses, is organically and inseparably connected with his doctrine of Justification.

This was a fantastic read! In this “classic” view, Jesus came to Earth to free us from our bondage to sin, death and the Devil, and his crucifixion and return to life were a victorious conquering of our slavery to death and sin. Then, the absurd question arises: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green,p.

Not because it is indefinite, but rather because of the pairs of apparent contradictions it involves e. What is it now to be a ‘Lord’? Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.