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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In that view, God is somewhat schizoid, because God loves humans but also condemns them for their waywardness, and the crucifixion and atonement are ways God has of being both the enactor and recipient of God’s grace. Jesus is understood as the “last Adam” 1 Corinthians Return to Book Page.

For by promising that they should be as gods, which did not lie in his power, he worked death in them.

What is the meaning of Christus Victor?

An Old Catholic Catechism. This Dualism is an altogether radical opposition, but it is not an absolute Dualism; for in the scriptural view evil has not an eternal existence 5, n.

I should note that many Christians view the two views of atonement as complimentary rather than mutually exclusive. 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. I do not think he dealt as fairly with St Anselm as he could vicotr.


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Rev Dr Alan J. Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, overthrew the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect man was unjust.

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Any theories we build up as to how Alen death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: It’s not auken apologetic for Christus Victor, but a thorough history on the three views.

Another exception to this linear progression is Tertullian, who along with Gregory the Great, started the motif of the judicial or legalistic view of atonement, which was later picked up and fully developed by Anselm of Canterbury, thus consolidating the view for the whole medieval period.

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To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. Mar 04, Graham Heslop rated it liked it. The book is subtitled: This book is strictly an historical study; it contains no personal statement of belief or theory of the Atonement.

If not satisfaction, what? Satisfaction Theory, Aulen claims, contains a divine discontinuity and a legal continuity while the central emphasis of Christus Victor is of a divine continuity and a legal discontinuity. Technically, I don’t own it: Bad history and weak systematic imagination. No doubt, I will reread this book many times. The Breeze of the Centuries. I obtained this book in New York. Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, overthrew the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect man was unjust.


The word “Redeeming” literally aulrn “buying back. I finally got around to reading this book. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating fhristus gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. This section relies largely or entirely on a single source.

God, however, tricked the Devil into accepting Christ’s death as a ransom, for the Devil did not realize that Christ could not be held in the bonds of death.

For me, it helped me understand some of my own discomfort with “penal subsitution”, as well as the scope of how the body of Christ have wrestled with this doctrine through the ages. Irenaeus, Gregorys Nyssen, Nazianzen and the Great, and Athanasius is solid and nigh unassailable, though the exegetical and biblical substance of his argument is less than convincing.

For Irenaeus the Incarnation is part of God’s atoning work.

Its strength lies in its presentation of a vivid and robust picture of the work of Christ. In the satisfaction model, God becomes man in order to pay the penalty due sinful humanity.

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