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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He must become man to rescue man from the bondage of the evil. To understand the older notions one might consider the christhs bases of them. The Gospel and the Catholic Church. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

It’s not an apologetic for Christus Victor, but a thorough history on the three views. As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows cnristus this tradition emerged from what Aulen calls th This classic work of theology is indispensable reading for anyone who grew up in the Western church tradition. All Christian preaching of the atonement truly should be Christus Victor, should sound the battle cry of victory.

To quote from the section “An Analysis of the Three Types”: Aulen’s stated purpose is to outline the classic view of the atonement and to compare it to the objective latin model aulsn the subjective exemplar model.

His contemporary Karl Barth is briefly mentioned at the end as a dialectical theologian but is not categorized in any of the three groups. After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement.

Important for its day, this book is now largely discredited.

For an excellent review of this book, I recommend the one by George Evenson. The Bondage of the Will, Furthermore, Death, Sin, and the Devil personalized forces in Christus Victorare overthrown since Jesus’ subsequent Resurrection breaks the dominion they once held over human life. I realize I can’t understand the historical significance of this work, but given my reformed background, it definitely is making me think.


This book was based on a series of lectures, and perhaps for that reason, it contains a fair amount of repetition and isn’t always the easiest going to read — so you can use this summary as your Cliff Notes and save yourself the aggravation. There is no longer any enmity between God and the world that needs overcoming xxii, To ask other readers questions about Christus Victorplease sign up.

Wherefore he who had taken man captive was himself taken captive by God, and man who had been taken captive was set from the bondage of condemnation” as quoted on Jaroslav Pelikan, et al St.

But it took as long Cyristus for the Latin theory to be given its fullest expression But since God is both invincible and magnanimous, He showed His magnanimity in correcting man, and in proving all men, as we have said; but through the Second Man He bound the strong one, and spoiled his goods, and annihilated death, bringing life to man who had become subject to death. Christus Victog is indeed, as Aulen observes, not a theory but an idea.

For we were the forsaken and despised before, but now by the Sufferings of Him Who could not suffer, we were taken up and saved. But the subjective view is completely It becomes the work of man i.

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I do not think he dealt as fairly with St Anselm as he could have. But, nonetheless, they are not salvific in a mere derivative sense. View all 3 comments. This is to be contrasted with christuz Latin views of the atonement, which are narrowly penal.

Rather, Aulen argues that the “classic” understanding of atonement Christ’s victory over sin and death has the strongest historical precedent. For example, if humanity is seen as needing an exampleChrist is that example victo As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows that this tradition emerged from what Aulen calls the “Latin” understanding of atonement, which wasn’t clearly articulated until around years into the church’s existence!

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This is followed by the natural emphasis of Christus Victor: A Primary Source Reader. This page was last edited on 9 Juneat What do we do with this? This idea is traced gusatf to Irenaeus, who wrote: Triumphing over the powers, July 15, This book provides an historically-faithful alternative to the substitutionary and exemplary models of the atonement. Two factors pop up immediately, namely, kingship and slavery.

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This is why I give it 4 stars. Fustaf find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: But the books merits include the fact that it finally back in 19 This is certainly an important book but I think it is flawed on several accounts.

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. He demonstrates good theological praxis in setting out the arguments of others and enumeration as well as then developing his criticisms. And 2 I felt the work was bad scholarship in that it represented other views rather poorly.

Though this point rests on the perhaps overemphasised distinction between God’s work from above versus that from below, I am convinced that the Latin view of the atonement does not inevitable conclude with satisfaction being the work of man offered to God. In the satisfaction model, God becomes man in order to pay the penalty due sinful humanity.

It does not involve a pause in which God merely receives action chirstus It is the true Christian view, emerging with Christianity itself Rather than divine love and divine wrath coming to terms of agreement through satisfaction, as in vkctor Latin view, divine love triumphs over divine wrath 91,