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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See if you have enough points for this item. That’s enough for now. I obtained this book in New York. Mar 27, James rated it really liked it. This view he calls the “classic” idea of the atonement. There, too, it is God who offers the sacrifice to Himself.

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If, however, as many modern NT scholars posit i. Before reading it I’d only heard references and short descriptions of the “Christus Victor” view of Christs’ work of atonement. According to Aulen, however, there is another type of atonement doctrine in which Christ overcomes the hostile powers that hold humanity in subjection, at the same time that God in Christ reconciles the world to Himself.

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.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons Vidtor 3. Even if the reade Among the top five books I have ever read! Gustaf Aulen Limited preview – In this negative argument, like a good midth century Protestant, he decries Law as legalistic, moralistic and without grace and mercy, attributing to Christ’s freeing vivtor a freeing of the bondage of this legalistic law.


No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The Christus Victor model presents the work of Christ as a triumph over the devil, powers demonsbondage of sin, and the “law. 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.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: 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 motif, a theme, an Idea.

Very good – read to understand what the victkr Chrisitans believed concering the atonement. I do not think he dealt as fairly with St Anselm as he could have. I believe fictor is primarily due to an inconsistency in his argument, christjs that while he exposits the Fathers he holds Divine Love to be the primary motivator of Christ’s atoning work e. September 30, ISBN: No aullen available WipfandStock. His contemporary Karl Barth is briefly mentioned at the end as a dialectical theologian but is not categorized in any of vicror three groups.

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.

Refresh and try again. Sin, death, and the devil. One can never be sure of his salvation because it is entirely dependent on human’s subjective or psychological process: Atonement, or Reconciliation, becomes essentially a sense of being at home in the cosmos, gained through aklen uplift of the soul, or a new attitude to life, characterised by harmony with the universe.


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.

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Although written almost a century ago this work provided such a wonderful overview of the classic idea of the atonement that I was thrilled in the discoveries being made along the way.

Anyone who wants to think about After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. For an extensive review see http: However, the theory was heavily criticized in the Middle Ages when theologians argued that it would be absurd for God to victro the Devil a ransom. Sep 12, Mark added it Shelves: This is followed by the natural emphasis of Christus Victor: Bad history and weak systematic imagination.

God dies on the cross for humanity: He demonstrates good theological praxis in setting out the arguments of others and enumeration as well as then developing his criticisms.

But the books merits include the fact that it finally back in offered a taxonomy on how to think through different ideas of the atonement. Trivia About Christus Victor. Aug 22, Kirk E.