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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Both the ransom and the satisfaction theories strike me as psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions of perdurant individuality and general metaphysical conceit. What additional challenges or questions might you add? I obtained this book in New York. The subjective doctrine, which finds its beginnings in Abelard 95emerges most fully in the 18th century as a reaction to the Latin vlctor and its legalistic structure of relating to God xxii, The theory chriistus Abelard alone strikes some chord, but then Abelard generally seems more modern than traditional.

This article or section appears to be slanted towards recent events. Very good – read to understand what the earliest Chrisitans believed concering the atonement. And finally, Aulen argues that the motivating force behind the Anselmian view is a desire for rationality. To come at it from a different angle, the dualism of the classic view also serves to preserve the continuity in divine action.

Thus, the atonement became a matter of subjective process. Why not just defeat the “enemies” in His unveiled Godhood?

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This book was based on a series of lectures, and perhaps for that reason, it contains a fair amount of repetition and isn’t always the easiest going to read — so you can use this summary as your Cliff Notes and save yourself the aggravation. Luther was actually a champion, recoverer, and developer of the classic view xxii; 15, ch. Lewis read this book as curistus, considering this quote from Mere Christianity: Atonement is an act of God offered to human, not human offering it to God, through which God reconciles the world to Himself.

It is definitely not for beginners. He does this by satisfying the demands of the Law for a sinless life and by suffering the wrath of the Father for past sins. The Christus Victor view dominated the first 1, years of the church Someone must pay the wages of sin.

Christus Victor

If men cannot do it, then God must do it. As long then as I am disobedient and rebellious, both by denial of God and by my passions, so long Christ also auen called disobedient on my account.

For by promising that they should be as gods, which did not lie in his power, he worked death in them. And the Patristics, such as Irenaeus, are in direct continuity with the New Testament Want to Read saving…. Sep 12, Mark added it Shelves: Jun 04, Donald Linnemeyer rated it really liked it Shelves: The Biblical Saga and History.

Mar 15, Charles Sr. The Classic view, which he puts forward as the authentic type, and shows to have been the main idea of the atonement held by the early church fathers.

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Another possible explanation is found in his exposition of the Patristics: Do not let the complexity of the book cause you to leave it off of your to-read list. And [2] by treating the satisfaction accomplished by Christ as transferred to the sinner, the accountability of particular sinners to God is neglected In fact, I really hope to properly review it and engage with some of the ideas elsewhere. For before, I had not yet had any Lord, nor King, but had been held captive under the devil’s power, doomed to death, ensnared in sin and blindness The Origin of Paul’s Religion.

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My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: 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 in the Atonement.

He redeemed it still united to his nature on the cross.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

For Adam had become the devil’s possession, and the devil held him under his power, by having wrongfully practised deceit upon him, and by the victoe of immortality made him subject to death. Open Preview See a Problem?

Sep 07, Erica rated it really chrixtus it. Before Aulen wrote this book, the Latin and subjective models were treated like a binary in atonement views.

The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. The idea of purchase at a price gustzf foreign to the classical view held by the Greek Fathers. Can the Christus Victor view be assimilated into an evangelical perspective? It is a familiar idea we hear in Protestant churches. While most of the little details have been proven imprecise, the broader point is well worth hearing.

Rather, Aulen argues that the “classic” understanding of atonement Christ’s victory over sin and death has the strongest historical precedent. Account Options Sign in.