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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As long then as I am disobedient and rebellious, both by denial of God and by my passions, so long Christ also is called disobedient on my account.

Other editions – View all Christus Victor: Both ransom and satisfaction theories aulwn the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” and everybody else. Christus Victor was one of the first books I read in my theological education, and it remains to this day one of the most significant defining moments in developing my theological trajectory.

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Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

University of Oxford, Joseph Barber Lightfoot and J. Want to Read saving…. Can the Christus Victor view be assimilated into an evangelical perspective? All other elements are only saving in a derivative sense, i.

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: Would you like us to take another look at this review?

For example, if humanity is seen as needing an exampleChrist is that example Classic Spurgeon Sermons Volume I: What do we do with Christus Victor? And [2] by treating the vidtor accomplished by Christ as transferred to the sinner, the accountability of particular sinners to God is neglected If the Incarnation is a vital part of Christ atonement, as Irenaeus shows in the “classical” view, why is this passage entirely missing in any of the accounts of atonement, especially in the “classical” view?


To ask other readers questions about Christus Victorplease sign up. Sep 16, Jeremy marked it as chrietus Shelves: In the 19th century, Schleiermacher championed this view.

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Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, christhs the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect auldn was unjust. The Eucharistic Communion and the World. Views Read Edit View history. And sure, Christ is God Christian Apologetics Past and Present: Jan 20, Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing.

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Fortress Press, Not a definitive treatment, but a helpful remedy for those raised to believe that there has only ever been one understanding of what happened on Golgotha.

May 01, Patrick Williams rated it it was amazing. Sep 12, Mark added it Shelves: Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Each makes a significant salvific contribution, so to say.

I also realise that my low rating is insignificant, since this work is undoubtedly seminal. A valuable elucidation of how Atonement was understood for the thousand years before Anselm got hold of it, how it was distorted further by the Reformers, and how a liberalizing backlash denuded the cross of virtually all import. Seeking the Face of God.


Aulen asserts that in traditional histories of the doctrine Criticisms of the work: This section relies largely or entirely on a single source. Even if the reade Among the top five books I have ever read!

First, I don’t agree that Aulen has accurately grasped Anselm’s doctrine of atonement and therefore sets him up as a rationalist before rationalism. He then makes love the ruling factor while simultaneously dismissing law as being too rationalistic.

It is the truly Christian view because, as his historical count seeks to demonstrate, it is the view found in the New Testament, articulated by the early church fathers, and recovered by the thoroughly evangelical Luther. He must become man to rescue man from the bondage of the evil. Similarly, He makes His own our folly and our transgressions….

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Because of its predominance in the New Testament, in patristic writings, and in the theology of Luther, Aulen holds that the classic type may be called the distinctively Christian idea of the atonement. The Cloud of Unknowing. Paperbackpages. Nov 02, Steve rated it liked it. No doubt Christus Victor is a prominent theme in the Patristics.