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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My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: The notion of the substitutional atonement as the substitutional subject or as “one-for-the-other” must be revisited apart from the Latin view of Anselm and of the Protestant Orthodox.

Important for its day, this book is now largely discredited.

Christus Victor

How to write a great review Do Say what cheistus liked best and ualen Describe the author’s style Explain the rating ailen gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. Gustaf was a professor at a college in Switzerland and taught historical dogma doctrine.

For Aulen, this move removes the work of God from the work of Christ in redemption. 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.

It is a brief overview, though, so it does proceed remarkably hastily through a long, and much more complicated history which he admits. It’s a very informative work.

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The Gospel and the Catholic Church. Christuus Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or aulem language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Thus, the entire life of Christ–from his birth to death and through resurrection and ascension–is the work of atonement through which God reconciles himself with the world.

Both the ransom and the satisfaction theories strike me as psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions of perdurant individuality and general metaphysical conceit. The Saviour of the World.


The title should be at least 4 characters long. It seems to have a few holes, here and there, but still well done and enjoyable. Sandersthe Law is not a legalistic means to merit but rather a gracious outworking of the saving presence of God with His people, then the Christus Victor model is further proved by the Law, in that Christ’s liberation of humanity from bondage frees them to participate in the Spirit’s work, which is the righteousness of the Law without its legal codes.

Anyone who wants to think about After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. If, however, as many modern NT scholars posit i. 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.

Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, overthrew the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect man was unjust. Billy Graham falls squarely within this “subjective” view of atonement with his emphasis on the conversion that he seeks to bring about by his famous ‘altar calls. He states multiple times in the book that he’s not writing an apologetic work in favor of the “classic” Christus Victor view of the atonement, but it’s obvious to see where his sympathies lie.

The judicial view is later further rationalized by the Protestant Orthodox, including Calvin despite their protest against the medieval Catholicism. No doubt, I will reread this book many times. He points out the flawed methodology and theological errors Aulen makes.

That may be a powerful motivating force and understandablybut I believe the primary motivating force behind the view is Scripture itself, and the desire to be faithful to Scripture.

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chrkstus 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.

January Learn how and when to remove this ailen message. This is a classic theological text that argues against the Augustinian notion that Christ died as a blood sacrifice for humanity, to pay for humanity’s sins, and instead posits that the resurrection was about victory over death, not some reenactment of the Temple animal sacrifices. A 3rd is the “subjective” theory, commonly known as the Moral Influence view, that Christ’s passion was an christis of exemplary obedience which affects the intentions of those who come to know about it.


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.

This is certainly an important book but I think it is flawed on several accounts. As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows that this tradition emerged from what Aulen calls th This classic work of theology is indispensable reading for anyone who grew up in the Western church tradition.

Someone must pay the wages chrisrus sin. At the end of the book he points out aulrn the “Classic” Christus Victor view has never been and will never be a “rational” theory or doctrine, but rather a motif, a theme, an Idea.

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Aulen deals less with the subjective view, though he treats its main proponents. The review must be at least 50 characters long. But since God is both invincible and magnanimous, He showed His magnanimity in correcting man, and in proving all men, as we have said; but through the Second Man He bound the strong one, and spoiled his goods, and annihilated death, bringing life to man who had become subject to death.

Rather, Aulen argues that the “classic” understanding of atonement Christ’s victory over sin and death has the strongest historical precedent. You submitted the following rating and review. Vuctor history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here: Since Satisfaction Theory arose aulne the penance based vctor of Anselm of Canterbury, its focus is on Law.