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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If, however, as many modern NT scholars posit i. This page was last edited on 9 Juneat This was a fantastic read! Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective auken add more content related to non-recent events.

In this “classic” view, Jesus came to Earth to free us from our bondage to sin, death and the Devil, and his crucifixion and return to life were a victorious conquering of our slavery to death and sin.

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This is certainly an important book but I ahlen it is flawed on several accounts. The Biblical Saga and History. View all 3 comments.

The idea is that Christ, the second Adam, defeated the power of sin and death that subjugated humanity ever since the first Adam. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.


No trivia or quizzes yet. His treatment of Christian history is insightful and there is no doubt he knowledge of it and the significant contributors is brilliantly broad.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

Jun 12, Samuel Garcia added it. 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. I don’t have too much trouble with the ethical premise that we are, by nature, sinful when “sin” is understood in the loosest sense of the Greek word it translates to mean “falling auulen of the mark. A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies. christue

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For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous Romans 5: 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.

The earliest Church, however, never viewed the atonment exactly like we do today and that is what the Christus Victor book explains. It is also known as the “ransom theory”. We appreciate your feedback. The Heart of Christianity.

It ought to be an idea centrally integrated into the Anselmian theory, and there is no reason why it could not. To quote from the section “An Analysis of the Three Types”: Aulen does an excellent job of describing the patriotic view and the development of penal substitution.


The Freedom of a Christian, In Anselm’s logical but revolutionary extension of penance theology, God is unable or unwilling to pardon humanity without having his Kingship honored by a payment of blood later this would take the form of “penal substitution”, the Reformation idea that God’s justice, not his honor, is at stake in the Atonement.

This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. For Irenaeus the Incarnation is part of God’s atoning work. For by promising that they should be as gods, which did not lie in his power, he worked death in them. His true manhood receives full emphasis.

The earliest was what he called the “classic” view of the Atonement, more commonly vidtor as Ransom Theory or since ’31 known sometimes as the “Christus Victor” theory.

In fact, I really hope to properly review it and engage with some of the ideas elsewhere. Instead, he promotes what he says was the prevailing view of the atonement for the first 1, years of Christianity. 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.

The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. Jesus is understood as the “last Adam” 1 Corinthians