Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement. Aulen applies “history of ideas’ methodology to historical theology. 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. Read “Christus Victor” by Gustaf Aulén with Rakuten Kobo. Dr. Aulén is Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Lund, and this book is a translation.

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Miller rated it liked it. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. A 3rd is the “subjective” theory, commonly known as the Moral Influence view, that Christ’s passion was an act of exemplary obedience which affects the intentions of those who come to know about it.

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Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, overthrew the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect man was unjust.

While Christus Victor isn’t an apologetic for any one atonement tradition though it’s clear that Aulen is convinced the “classic” understanding is the strongestit is a supremely helpful survey of gusyaf different strands of atonement doctrine have emerged through our history. He depicts this view as follows:. It’s a very informative work. This book is strictly an historical study; it contains no personal statement of belief or theory of the Atonement.

A Primary Source Reader. Important for its day, this book is now largely discredited. Articles slanted towards recent events from February Articles that may contain original research from January All articles that may contain original research Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references. The classical view of atonement is sometimes referred to as the “ransom” theory, because Christ’s life is offered as “a ransom for many,” as Mark However, the dualism implied in this ransom theory is not a victod dualism such as Infinite and finite or spirit and matter or absolute dualism such as Good and Evil as in Zoroastrianism or Manicheanism.


One of the best arguments of the atonement theology you should read it Aulen says God sent his son as a non violent gift in order to remove the wrath of God from the saints and, because of that the atonement and the salvation plan for the human kind was firstly conceived in the mind of Chrisfus, that is why the question Who killed Jesus?

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For example, Luther wrote: Thus God becomes a man and offers himself to propitiate for human sin. But he provides little explanation for why God became man in order to do so. No doubt, I will reread this book many times. Rather than divine love and divine wrath coming to terms of agreement through satisfaction, as in the Latin view, divine love triumphs over divine wrath 91, Second, Aulen did not interact sufficiently with the primary texts, instead glossing over them as if he didn’t need to quote his sources.

Aulen does an excellent job of describing the patriotic view and the development of penal substitution. Christ is not paying the devil; rather, He is claiming back the world away from the bondage of sin and death. And 2 I felt the work was bad scholarship in that it represented other views rather poorly.

According to Aulen, however, there is another type of atonement doctrine in which Christ overcomes the hostile powers that hold humanity in subjection, at the same time that God in Christ reconciles the world to Himself.

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Seven Exegetical Works, victro. The book is subtitled: Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events. Lewis read this book as well, considering this quote from Mere Christianity: Paperbackpages.

What would this look like? For me, it helped me understand some of my own discomfort with “penal subsitution”, as well as the scope of how the body of Christ have wrestled with this doctrine through the ages.

Irenaeus, Gregorys Nyssen, Nazianzen and the Great, and Athanasius is solid and nigh unassailable, though the exegetical and biblical substance of his argument is less than convincing. So we ask, how is this so different than the Latin view? There, too, it is God who offers the sacrifice to Himself. Part of a series on.

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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 auoen and death, to take christux the conflict with the powers of evil and carry it through This was a fantastic read! The earliest was what he called the “classic” view of the Atonement, more commonly known as Ransom Theory or since ’31 known sometimes as the “Christus Victor” theory.

Jun 12, Samuel Garcia added it. If men cannot do it, then God must do it.

An Old Catholic Catechism. But no man can pay because no man can carry the weight of sin of the entire humanity. Nonetheless, his successors—Protestant Orthodoxy—did not get the memo, and drifted back to the Latin view xxii, Jed rated it really liked it Apr 21, You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Most Western Christians Protestant and Roman do victorr know that their understanding of the cross is only one of the Christian views of the cross.

Human Violence, Discipleship and God. But, nonetheless, they are not salvific in a mere derivative sense. What can we do to sharpen our positions?

After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. The atonement is the work of God only in the sense that God initiates and purposes it 88, It should hold the dualism of the Bible in tension with the sovereignty of God, and not allow one side to swallow up the other.

In Anselm’s logical but revolutionary extension of penance theology, God is unable or unwilling to pardon humanity without having his Kingship honored chridtus 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 in the Atonement.

But atoning sacrifice preceded human civilization, as God killed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve before the exile Gen.