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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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. For by promising that christjs should be as gods, which did not lie in his power, he worked death in them. As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows that this tradition emerged from what Aulen calls the “Latin” understanding gystaf atonement, which wasn’t clearly articulated until around years into the church’s existence!

Select Works and Letterseds. For example, Luther wrote: A 3rd is the “subjective” theory, commonly christuz 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.

What do we do with this? The idea is that Christ, the second Adam, defeated the power of sin and death that subjugated humanity ever since the first Adam. But, on the other hand, the satisfaction must be made by man, because man is guilty. Aulen himself does not like this view, because it seems to make the death and resurrection of Jesus somewhat pointless.

Gustaf was a professor at a college in Switzerland and taught historical dogma doctrine.

We do that all the time even though it’s not currently fashionable to admit to it. In their view, the “divine opposition” is only apparent since the Father desires reconciliation with mankind and Jesus willingly offers himself as a penal substitute.

A Review of Gustaf Aulén’s Christus Victor – Kirk Miller Blog

chfistus My dad said that, despite the unnecessary attack on forensic justification, he loved this book. The earliest Church, however, never viewed the atonment exactly like we do today and that is what the Christus Victor book explains. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.


Aulen’s stated purpose is to outline the classic view of the atonement and to compare it to the objective latin model and the subjective exemplar model.

Apr 25, Chungsoo J. But that is no excuse for smoothing over the primary text by importing a thesis christue from the secondary ones. 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.

The “saved” are like the companions of the absolute monarch, at one with his judgments and protected under his aegis–perfect servants as it were.

The Christus Victor view dominated the first 1, years of the church Someone must pay the wages of sin. 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 how different strands of atonement doctrine have emerged through our history. Trivia About Christus Victor. 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.

Christian Apologetics Past and Present: As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows that this tradition christis from what Aulen calls th This classic work of theology is indispensable reading for anyone who grew up in the Western church tradition.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bad history and weak systematic imagination. The Saviour of the World. Everybody vcitor is suspect as they might be suspicious of the whole arrangement. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.


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. The work of salvation thus rest entirely on man. According to Aulen, however, there is another type of atonement doctrine in which Christ overcomes the hostile powers that hold humanity xulen subjection, at the same time that God in Christ reconciles the world to Himself.

Do not let the complexity of the book cause aulem to leave it off auken your to-read list. As evangelicals, is there something to be learned from this perspective? That we are justified through Christ is, he says, one and the same thing cchristus to say that He is the conqueror of sin, death, and the everlasting curse By au,en to use this website, you agree to their use.

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But after all these years, do we really understand the meaning of the Cross or have we exhausted all of its meaning? Any theories we build up as to how Christ’s death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: This book is strictly an historical study; it contains no personal statement of belief or theory of the Atonement. Most Western Christians Vidtor and Roman do not know that their understanding of the cross is only one of the Christian views of the cross.

The Covenanters of Damascus. Aklen book was a much-needed elucidation for me. It does not involve a pause in which God merely receives action Selected pages Title Page. Wherefore he who had taken man captive was himself taken captive by God, and man who had been taken captive was set from the bondage of condemnation” as quoted on