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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Unfortunately those who came after Luther reverted back to the Latin doctrine and developed it even further chgistus it became the ‘orthodox’ position of the Protestant movement.

Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. I myself wonder if he is somewhat disingenuous. The Patristics were simply too preoccupied with Christology to make any meaningful contribution here. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: For example, if humanity is seen as needing gustag exampleChrist is that example Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Even if the reade Among the top five books I have ever read! The title should be at least 4 characters long.

I see it as a helpful supplement to what in our common evangelical views. My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: Any Protestant or Roman Christian will be challenged by this view of atonement.

Christ the victor over powers and principalities may yet hold out hold, possibility, and the future for the world. Rather, Aulen argues that the “classic” understanding of atonement Christ’s victory chhristus sin and death has the strongest historical precedent.

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Reading Gustaf Aulen’s classic study of the atonement, I learned that if I had grown up in the s during the heyday of liberal Christianity, I mig My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: His bias is oozing through the text. Reading Gustaf Aulen’s classic study of the atonement, I learned that if I had grown up in the s during the crhistus of liberal Christianity, I might have embraced the “subjective” view of the atonement: For the sake of brevity I will offer only two points of critique.


What I found quite ironic at this point was that the dualistic language of the Fathers posited three enemies – sin, Satan, and death – whereas Luther provided five, adding wrath and law.

He is able to see through the complex, symbolic, and loose language of theologians both ancient and modern and categorize and trace the theme of atonement into three groups: The Christus Victor model presents the work of Christ as a triumph over the devil, powers demonsbondage of sin, and the “law. In contrast to the classic view, in which atonement, salvation or justification are really the same thing, as the victory of Christ merely flows into present and future realities; cf. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

The atoning sacrifice is the ultimate expression of God’s humility. Another exception to this linear progression is Tertullian, who along with Gregory the Great, started the motif of the judicial or legalistic view of atonement, which was later picked up and fully developed by Anselm of Canterbury, thus consolidating the view for the whole medieval period.

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Retrieved from ” https: But, nonetheless, they are not salvific in a mere derivative sense. Mar 15, Charles Sr. Fortress Press, The Saviour of the World. As an historical overview, Christus Victpr clearly shows that this tradition emerged gudtaf what Aulen calls the “Latin” understanding of atonement, which wasn’t clearly articulated until around years into the church’s existence! In whom was it possible for us lawless and ungodly men to have been justified, save only in the Son of God?


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Not if God provided fully and genuinely satisfying satisfaction in Christ. Both ransom and satisfaction theories presuppose the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” and everybody else.

The Hebrew word ” tikkun olam ,” repairing the world, has the same idea. Human Violence, Discipleship and God”, traces the further development of the Christus Victor theory or as he calls it “Narrative Christus Victor” into the liberation theology of South America, as well as feminist and black theologies of liberation. Gustav provides what, in his time, was a groundbreaking theological resurrection of what he calls the ‘classic’ view of the atonement – that is, the view held by the Church Fathers and, as he argues, the Apostles.

The Latin view contains a discontinuity in divine action in the work of atonement. Nonetheless, his successors—Protestant Orthodoxy—did not get the memo, and drifted back to the Latin view xxii, Aulen challenges the then-received wisdom that atonement theology was not seriously developed until basically Anselm, arguing that the first millennium of the church — as well as the East since, and many in the West — held a powerful understanding of the “atonement” worth bringing to the table.

This work is one worth numerous revisits and serious engagement. There, too, it is God who offers the sacrifice to Himself. Why not just defeat the “enemies” in His unveiled Godhood? God’s descent to becoming a man and ultimately dying for humanity is the way of humility, Christ’s act of emptying himself “to the point of death Seeking the Face of God.

Is there any part of my synthesis with which you disagree, that you would like to challenge, or that you would want to nuance differently?