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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Triumphing over the powers, July 15, This book provides an historically-faithful alternative to the substitutionary and exemplary models of the atonement. It’s definitely a prerequisite for any apologetic for or against it or for or against the other views.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Atonement, or Reconciliation, becomes essentially a sense of being at home in the cosmos, gained through the uplift of the soul, or a new attitude to life, characterised by harmony with the universe. The only solution is that God becomes man; this is the answer to the question Cur Deus homo?

Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. He details the origin and development of the three main types of atonement theology: The review must be at least 50 characters long.

To understand the older notions one might consider the sociological bases of them. Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings.

Written in German from lectures Gustaf Aulen presented in the early ‘s. A Theology christs Grace in Six Controversies. He seeks to demonstrate that the penance systems of Satisfaction Theory and Penal Substitution place an undue emphasis on man’s obligation to offer payment to God and on God’s obligation to Law.

I realize I can’t understand the historical significance of aulenn work, but given my reformed background, it definitely is making me think. While chrisus held only by Eastern Orthodox Christians for much of the last one thousand years, the Christus Victor theory is becoming increasingly popular with both paleo-orthodox evangelicals because of its christuz to the early Church fathers, and with liberal Christians and peace churches such as the Anabaptist Mennonites because of its subversive nature, seeing the death of Jesus as an exposure of the cruelty and evil present in the worldly powers that rejected and killed him, and the resurrection as a triumph over these powers.


The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: This is no minor quibble, for a denial of the Latin view of atonement by conclusion threatens the Reformed touchstone of sola fidei.

Christus Victor – New World Encyclopedia

It is verses like this that should make one pause who is about to accuse a viewpoint of simply being motivated by rationalism. The notion of the substitutional atonement as the substitutional subject or as “one-for-the-other” must be chrisus apart from the Latin view of Anselm and of the Protestant Orthodox.

New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. This book is an excellent read! 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.

It’s hard not to believe that they were pushing one absolutistic mythology, the one they or their patrons would benefit most from, against all opposition, exercising the same kind of zealous bad faith one finds on the Fox Network today. This book explores what the earliest church’s model of the atonement was – which was the “Chrisus Victor” or “the Classic Model” as Gustaf called it.


At the end of the book he points out that the “Classic” Christus Victor view has never been and will never be a “rational” theory or doctrine, but rather a auleh, a theme, an Idea.

Man comes to understand that all things are dependent on God, and, therefore, that which seems to disturb the harmony of things does so only in appearance This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.

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. My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: Since only a man can fulfill mankind’s obligations to the Law and to God, Christ must become a man in order to offer perfect penance to God.

Anyone who wants cchristus think about the atonement should read this book.

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Thus God becomes a man and offers himself to propitiate for human sin. 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. While most of the little details have been proven imprecise, the broader point is well worth hearing. The Freedom of a Christian, Nov 03, Harman rated it really liked it.

It ought to be an idea centrally integrated into the Anselmian theory, and there is no reason why it could not.