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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There, too, it is God who offers the sacrifice to Himself. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

The atonement is the work of God only in the sense that God initiates and purposes it 88, Irenaeus, Gregorys Nyssen, Nazianzen and the Great, and Athanasius is solid and nigh unassailable, though the exegetical and biblical substance of his argument is less than convincing.

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Unlike in the early church, where Christology was a living doctrine that flowed out of soteriology i. This section possibly contains original research.

If now, having lost life, and having been harmed by the serpent, he were not to return to life, but were to be wholly abandoned to death, then God would have been defeated, ad the malice hustaf the serpent would have overcome God’s will. Similarly, He makes His own our folly and our transgressions…. The Faith of the Christian Church. Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement.


Mar 27, James rated it really liked it. For Us and for Our Salvation.

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No eBook available WipfandStock. Aulen himself does not like this view, because it seems to make the death and resurrection of Jesus somewhat pointless. Among the top five books I have ever read!

However, the dualism implied in this ransom theory is not a metaphysical dualism such as Infinite and finite or spirit and matter bustaf absolute dualism such as Good and Evil as in Zoroastrianism or Manicheanism.

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Christus Victor – Wikipedia

It was probably assigned for a church history course at seminary, but whether it was for the Ancient class or the Medieval one I no longer recall. But Christ conquered death on the cross, rescuing humanity from the bondage of evil and thus restoring creation back to life and reconciling humanity to God. The idea is that Christ, the second Adam, defeated the power of sin and death that subjugated humanity ever since the first Adam.

The Classic chtistus, 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. This page was last edited on 9 Juneat Gustaf was a professor at a college in Switzerland and taught historical dogma doctrine. Other editions – Wulen all Christus Victor: All other elements are only saving in a derivative sense, i.

And sure, Christ is God Any theories we build up as to how Christ’s death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: And finally, Aulen argues that the motivating force behind the Anselmian view is a desire for rationality. Rather the idea is that sacrifice stands in the Divine Economy as the means whereby the Divine will-to-reconciliation realizes itself, and which also shows how much it costs God to effect the Atonement.


Jun 12, Samuel Garcia added it. But he also does not like what he calls the predominant “Latin” view of the atonement fustaf the one I was raised with — described by Anselm and others and embraced later by orthodox Protestants, that humankind’s sinfulness and God’s sense of justice demanded that the perfect man — Jesus — be put to death to “satisfy” God’s justice.

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. Miller rated it liked it. His divine nature plays a secondary role, merely granting efficacy to the work of his human nature 87, 93, Migne chriatus, ], ; English translation from Garry J.

Christus Victor is indeed, as Aulen observes, not a theory but an idea. Dec 09, John Roberson gustac it really liked it.

In the 19th century, Schleiermacher championed this view.