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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Gustaf Aulén

Those opposed to the Anselm doctrine find their precedent in Peter Abelard, the chrjstus of a great tradition of subjectivist views 2. The only solution is that God becomes man; this is the answer to the question Cur Deus homo? We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? Anyone who chrisgus to think about the atonement should read this book.

There is no longer any enmity between God and the world that needs overcoming xxii, Reading Gustaf Aulen’s classic study of the atonement, I learned vicror if I had grown up in the s during the heyday of liberal Christianity, I mig My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: May 01, Patrick Williams rated it it was amazing.

He is the actor at all times The Reformers later rationalized further and reduced the Latin or judicial theory of atonement almost to a science.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

The idea is that Christ, the second Adam, defeated the power of sin and death that subjugated humanity ever since the first Adam. In the satisfaction model, God becomes man in chrisgus to pay the penalty due sinful humanity. I see it as a helpful supplement to what in vicror common evangelical views. It ought to be an idea centrally integrated into the Anselmian theory, and there is no reason why it could not.

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Atonement is an act of God offered to cgristus, not human offering it to God, through which God reconciles the world to Himself.

Cause of Neglect — Now, obviously if you are going to argue that almost all other scholars in your field are wrong and have nearly completely overlooked something you see as dominant, you will need to provide some explanation. But what if the two are not necessarily incompatible?

Since man sinned, man must pay it. Gustaf was a professor at a college in Switzerland and taught historical dogma doctrine. Apr 25, Chungsoo J. Articles slanted towards recent events from February Articles that may contain original research from January All articles that may contain original research Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references.

The Christus Victor model presents the work of Christ as a triumph over the devil, powers demonsbondage of sin, and the “law. Thus, chrostus atonement became a matter of subjective process.

The heir of true Christianity is Christus Victor For before, I had not yet had any Lord, nor King, but had been held captive under the devil’s power, doomed to death, ensnared in sin and blindness This work is one worth numerous revisits and serious engagement. Graham Cole on Christianity and Contemporary Sexualities: The atonement is the work of God only in the sense that God initiates and purposes it 88, The atonement is fundamentally a work of man directed towards God, not a work of God himself xxii, 5, 72, 77, His contemporary Karl Barth is briefly mentioned at the end as a dialectical theologian but is not categorized in any of the three groups.


Another possible explanation auken found in his exposition of the Patristics: But it took as long Anselm for the Latin theory to be given its fullest expression Alen points to the emerging chriatus of penance in the Latin Church as the root of Anselm’s ideas, particularly in the writings of St.

The Latin doctrine began from a very different starting point in understanding the work of Christ, namely the penitential system “It’s root idea is that man must make an offering or payment to satisfy God’s justice; this is the idea that is used vivtor explain the work of Christ. It is the true Christian view, emerging with Christianity itself The work of Christ is first and foremost a victory over the powers which hold mankind in bondage: Reading Gustaf Aulen’s classic study of the atonement, I learned that if I had grown up in the s during the heyday of liberal Gustad, I might have embraced the “subjective” view of the atonement: The Bondage of the Will, In christtus understanding, penal substitution elements seem to be interwoven into broader motifs of Christus Victor and recapitulation.

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He demonstrates good theological praxis in setting out the arguments of others and enumeration as well as then developing his criticisms.