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.

Author: Vizil Dugar
Country: French Guiana
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Environment
Published (Last): 4 March 2013
Pages: 128
PDF File Size: 6.2 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.32 Mb
ISBN: 274-7-24193-343-1
Downloads: 32535
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kajirg

Trivia About Christus Victor. Since the Resurrection is a mark of the Father’s favor despite the Law’s curse on crucified men, the Atonement, far from reinforcing the Law, deprives and vhristus the Law of its ability to condemn. The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church.

Join Kobo & start eReading today

Man had been created by God that he might have life. Both ransom and satisfaction theories presuppose the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” ajlen everybody else.

Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. 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.

Finally, there are too many excellent asides and thoughtful supporting points made to mention. For Us and for Our Salvation. He keeps on saying that the “Classic” type over against the “Latin” type emphasizes the importance of the Incarnation, but I don’t see how. 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 to explain the work of Christ.

Human Violence, Discipleship and God”, traces the further development of the Christus Victor theory or as he calls it “Narrative Christus Victor” into the liberation theology of South America, as well as feminist and black theologies of liberation. Gustaf Aulen Limited preview – Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Still, it’s hard to believe that educated persons, ancient or medieval, could buy into the mythology of metaphysics.


Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. The word “Redeeming” literally means “buying back. Aulen challenges the then-received wisdom that atonement theology was not seriously developed until basically Anselm, arguing that the first millennium of the church — as well as the East since, and many in the West — held a powerful understanding of the “atonement” worth bringing to the table.

It is verses like this that should make one pause who is about to accuse a viewpoint of simply being motivated by rationalism.

His contemporary Karl Barth is briefly mentioned at the end as a dialectical theologian but is not categorized in any of the three groups. Many times I had to set the book down and just think for several minutes before moving on to the next paragraph.

Packer has notably argued for a version of Satisfaction theory with less legal emphasis. Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events. The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: The Gospel and the Catholic Church. It is available online. He argues that a proper understanding of their view is not concerned with the payment of ransom to the devil, but with the motif of the liberation of humanity from the bondage of sin, death, and the devil.

One of the best arguments of the atonement theology you should read it Aulen says God sent his son as a non violent gift in order to remove the wrath of God from the saints and, because of that the atonement and the salvation plan for the human kind was firstly conceived in the mind of God, that is why the question Who killed Jesus? A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies.

Growing up in the evangelical church, I had always assumed that “penal substitution” was simply the only way of understanding Christ’s atoning work. Atonement, or Reconciliation, becomes essentially a sense of being at home in the cosmos, gained through the uplift of the soul, or a new attitude to life, characterised by harmony with the universe.


The Mennonite theologian J. God’s descent to becoming a man and ultimately dying for victtor is the way of humility, Christ’s act of emptying himself “to the point of death But that crhistus no excuse for smoothing over the primary text by importing a thesis garnered from the secondary ones.

Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. Once you get the hang auleh it it all makes sense.

Christus Victor – New World Encyclopedia

New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. 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.

aulem His true manhood receives full emphasis. Technically, I don’t own it: Anyone who wants to think about After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. Irenaeus has become a hero and I look forward to further reading along the lines of the classic idea.

In a theological context, the ransom theory of the atonement developed victorr both the prevalent cultural practice of ransoming war captives as well as biblical exegesis of Mark That is to disfigure it so that it fits with the categories of the Classical view. All Christian preaching of the atonement truly should be Christus Victor, should sound the battle cry of victory.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

Aulen’s book was a much-needed elucidation for me. 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.

In the satisfaction model, God becomes man in order to pay the penalty due sinful humanity. In it he identifies three main types of Atonement Theory: Christian soteriological theology has generally perplexed me. May 01, Patrick Williams rated it it was amazing.