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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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. We appreciate your feedback. The judicial view is later further rationalized by the Protestant Orthodox, including Calvin despite their protest against the medieval Catholicism.

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. A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

This section relies largely or entirely on a single source. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. What I found quite ironic at this point was that the dualistic language of the Fathers posited three enemies – sin, Satan, and death – whereas Luther provided five, adding wrath and law. Gustaf Aulen Limited preview – At the end of the gutsaf he points out that 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.

Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement. This is no minor quibble, for a denial of the Latin ajlen of atonement by conclusion threatens the Reformed touchstone of sola fidei. September 30, ISBN: For there was need of death, and death must needs be suffered on behalf of all, that the debt owing from all might be paid.


Christian soteriological theology has generally perplexed me. Packer has notably argued for a version of Satisfaction theory with less legal emphasis.

If men cannot do it, then God must do it. The subjective doctrine, which finds its beginnings in Abelard 95emerges most fully in the 18th century as a reaction to the Latin view and its legalistic structure of relating to God xxii, The classic view posits tha I finally got around to reading this book.

Select Works and Letterseds. If Christ’s death on the cross defeats the power of death, His resurrection perfects the creation through the work of the Holy Spirit.

For Adam had become the devil’s possession, and the devil held him under his power, by having wrongfully practised deceit upon him, and by the offer of immortality made him subject to death. For the sake of brevity I will offer only two points of critique.

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Any theories we build up as to how Christ’s death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: If aaulen Incarnation is a vital part of Christ atonement, as Irenaeus shows in the “classical” view, why is this passage entirely missing in any of the accounts of atonement, especially in the “classical” gustat Engaging the Argument Intro: The work of salvation thus rest entirely on man.

And the Patristics, such as Irenaeus, are in direct continuity with the New Testament Although we may find crumbs here and there of atonement theologizing prior to Anselm, he is the first person to articulate a fully thought out theory of atonement; and it just so happened to be the Latin chrisrus Probably similar in ways to Stott’s The Cross of Christ.

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He must become man to rescue man from the bondage of the evil. However, the dualism implied in this ransom theory is not a metaphysical dualism such as Infinite and finite or spirit and matter or absolute dualism such as Good and Evil as in Zoroastrianism or Auleen.

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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. He is the actor at all times Fortress Press, Just like Abraham sacrificing his own hcristus, Isaac, God himself sacrifices Himself in his Son, to reconcile Himself with humanity: January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Wherefore he who had taken man captive christsu himself taken captive by God, and man who had been taken captive was set from the bondage of condemnation” as quoted on Are there any remaining questions we have about understanding the message of the book not in terms of critique at this point, but comprehension?

Christ united humanity to his nature to redeem it. Gregory Nazianzeneds. My dad said that, despite the unnecessary attack on forensic justification, he loved this book. The Patristics were simply too preoccupied with Christology to make any meaningful contribution here.

But it is at this point that any meaningful sense of continuity in the divine work of salvation is lost 88, 91,