Aulén argues that Christus Victor (or as Aulén called it the “classic view”) was the predominant view of the early church and. 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. 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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By contrast, Christus Victor depicts Christ’s sacrifice, not as a legal offering to God in order to placate his justice, but as the decisive moment in a war against the powers of darkness; the law included. Feb 15, Tony rated it really liked it. This page was last edited on 9 Juneat God dies on the cross for humanity: Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

The Orthodox Church still holds to the Christus Victor view, based upon their understanding of the Atonement put forward by Irenaeus, called “recapitulation” Jesus became what we are so that we could become what he is. Irenaeus has become a hero and I look forward to further reading along the lines of the classic idea. He keeps on saying that the “Classic” type over against the “Latin” type emphasizes the importance of the Incarnation, but I don’t see how.

But, on the other hand, the satisfaction must be made by man, because man is guilty.

But for now, and here, I will merely outline a few of the weaknesses I perceived in the argument, in no specific order: Instead, he promotes what he says was the prevailing view of the atonement for the first 1, years of Christianity. Martin Luther’s Basic Christis Writings. The Latin view also isolates Christ death from the rest of his life as the atoning work. The book is subtitled: The Hebrew word ” tikkun olam ,” repairing the world, has the same idea.

By death death is conquered. Aulen asserts that in traditional histories of the doctrine 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. Since Satisfaction Theory arose from the penance based system of Anselm of Canterbury, its focus is on Law.


Bad history and weak systematic imagination. If now, having lost life, and having been harmed by the serpent, he were not to return to life, cjristus were to chirstus wholly abandoned to death, then God would have been defeated, ad the malice of the serpent would have overcome God’s will. Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events.

It is also known as the “ransom theory”. The Legends of Genesis: Philosophy and religion Religion Christianity Theology Credited. As soon as the meaning of this view is grasped, the patristic teaching at once stands out as a strong, clear, and consistent whole, and it becomes impossible to doubt that it is this view which also dominates the New Testament; it has therefore every right to be called the typical Christian view, or, in Dr.

A thought-provoking read which does expose the distinction between Luther’s understanding of the atonement and the other common understandings. My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: 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 fhristus the faith: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

So much so that all other theories became reactions against this Latin type with the classic idea being largely forgotten.

Open Preview See a Problem? For Aulen, this move removes the work of God from the work of Christ in redemption. Irenaeus, Gregorys Nyssen, Nazianzen and the Great, and Athanasius is solid and nigh unassailable, though the exegetical and biblical substance of his argument is christs than convincing.

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Triumphing over the powers, July 15, This book provides an historically-faithful alternative to the substitutionary and exemplary models of the atonement. How else could the death of Christ deliver men from the wrath of God and overcome of the powers? But after all these years, do we really understand the meaning cheistus the Cross or have we exhausted all of its meaning?

Do not let the complexity of the book cause you to leave it off of your to-read list. The judicial view is later further rationalized by the Protestant Orthodox, including Calvin despite their protest against the medieval Catholicism. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. The Mennonite theologian J. A valuable elucidation of how Atonement was understood for the vctor 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.


This classic work of theology is indispensable reading for anyone who christhs up in the Western church tradition.

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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 sin and death, to take up the conflict with the powers of evil and carry it through This was a fantastic read!

The word “Redeeming” literally means “buying back. The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church. View all 3 comments. 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.

To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. For by promising that they should be as gods, which did not lie in his power, he worked death in them. Most Western Christians Protestant and Roman do not know that their understanding of the cross is only one of the Christian views of the cross.

The Latin view was held by the later medieval theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and is dominant in Catholic theology, as is expressed in the Mass.

Aulen deals less with the subjective view, though he treats its main proponents. Thus, the atonement became a matter of subjective process. But the books merits include the fact that it finally back in 19 This is certainly an important book but I think it is flawed on several accounts. It is a familiar idea we hear in Protestant churches.

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