GUSTAV AULÉN AND CHRISTUS VICTOR. In recent years, the theory of atonement known as Christus Victor (“Christ the victor”) has been both championed. 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. 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.

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Aug 04, Jacob Aitken added it. His true manhood receives full emphasis. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! This book was based on a series of lectures, and perhaps for that reason, it contains a fair amount of repetition and isn’t always the easiest going to read — so you can use this summary as your Cliff Notes and save yourself the aggravation. That’s enough for now. 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.

This work is one worth numerous revisits and serious engagement.

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Christus Victor, Christ is victorious over the powers of sin and death forever! The Latin view also isolates Christ death from the rest of his life as the atoning work. By the Second Adam’s obedience the first Adam’s fall is corrected. The judicial view is later further rationalized by the Protestant Orthodox, including Calvin despite their protest against the medieval Catholicism.

God the Father and God the Son are thus not set at odds by Calvary, but are united in seeking the downfall of the devil’s system of sin, death, and Law that enslaves humanity. It is definitely not for beginners. Very good – read to understand what the earliest Chrisitans believed concering the atonement. Philosophy and religion Religion Christianity Theology Credited. Other editions – View all Christus Victor: Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers.

It’s not an apologetic for Christus Victor, but a thorough history on the three views. All Christian preaching of the atonement truly should be Christus Victor, should sound the battle cry of victory. This is no minor quibble, for a denial of the Latin view chrkstus atonement by conclusion christuss the Reformed touchstone of sola fidei.

Furthermore, Death, Sin, and the Devil personalized forces in Christus Victorare overthrown since Jesus’ subsequent Resurrection breaks the dominion they once held over human life. Why not just defeat the “enemies” in His unveiled Godhood? Before reading it I’d only heard references and short descriptions of the “Christus Victor” view of Christs’ work of atonement.


Mar 29, Eli rated it really liked it. However, once you make it through the first couple of chapters, it gets easier to read. Now, therefore, those tyrants and gaolers are all crushed, and in their place is come Jesus Christ, a Lord of Life, righteousness, all good and holiness, and He has snatched us poor lost men from the jaws of hell, won us, made us free, and brought us back to the Father’s goodness and grace quoted on What is it now to be a ‘Lord’? Gustaf Aulen Limited preview – Before Aulen wrote this book, the Latin and subjective models were treated like a binary in atonement views.

The classical view of atonement is sometimes referred to as the “ransom” theory, because Christ’s life is offered as “a ransom for many,” as Mark Then, the absurd question arises: I should note that many Christians view the two views of atonement as complimentary rather than mutually exclusive. The Mennonite theologian J.

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Not because it is indefinite, but rather because of the pairs of apparent contradictions it involves e. Aulen himself does not like this view, because it seems to make the death and resurrection of Jesus somewhat pointless. 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.

Aulen challenges the then-received wisdom that atonement theology was not seriously developed until basically Anselm, arguing that the first millennium of the church — as well as the East since, and many in the West — held a powerful understanding of the “atonement” worth bringing to the table.

This section possibly contains original research. Aside from the above criticisms, this is a paradigm-shifting book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. He ends with saying that “The images are but popular helps for the understanding of the idea, It is the Idea itself which is primary”, which almost convinces me that C.

I’d like more thoughts on how specifically a reformed atonement theology can be recast to allow for classic atonement theology, but that’s not really his project, so I’ll have to go el Solid overview of atonement theology.

While largely 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 connection 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.


Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. This particular doctrine of the atonement attempts to explain why the death of Jesus was necessary to compensate and reverse the fall of Adam plus the sins of his offspring.

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As Marcus Borg writes, “for [the Christus Victor] view, the domination system, understood as something much larger than the Roman governor and the temple aristocracy, is responsible for the death of Jesus… The domination system killed Jesus and thereby disclosed its moral bankruptcy and ultimate defeat. The theory teaches that the death of Christ was a ransom, usually said to have been paid to Satanin satisfaction of his just claim on the souls of humanity as a result of sin.

First, that we are again listening to the classic idea of the Atonement–indeed, we get the impression that it is being presented with a greater intensity and power than ever before; and, second, that the dramatic view of the work of Christ, which Luther so emphatically expresses, is organically and inseparably connected with his doctrine of Justification.

He redeemed it still united to his nature on the cross. The Christus Victor model presents the work of Christ as a triumph over the devil, powers demonsbondage of sin, and the “law.

The Bondage of the Will, The Hebrew word ” tikkun olam ,” repairing the world, has the same idea. Both ransom and satisfaction theories presuppose the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” and everybody ajlen.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. But he also does not like what he calls the auleb “Latin” view of the atonement — 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.