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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But after all these years, do we really understand the meaning of the Cross or have we exhausted all of its meaning? Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. It’s definitely a prerequisite for any apologetic for or against it or for or against the other views.

Christus Victor – New World Encyclopedia

The classic view posits tha I finally got around to reading this book. Jan 20, Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing. He ends with saying that “The images are but popular helps for the understanding of the idea, It is the Idea itself which is primary”, which almost convinces me that C.

The Cloud of Unknowing. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous Romans 5: This is followed by the natural emphasis of Christus Victor: Bad history and weak systematic imagination. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Anyone who wants to think about After reading this chriztus I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. Criticisms of the work: God is unable to justly forgive without satisfying the Law’s demands and since only a man can fulfill man’s obligations to the Law, Christ must christks a man in order to keep the Law perfectly and then suffer the punishment intended for us at the hands of his Father.


Written in German from lectures Gustaf Aulen presented in the early ‘s. But the books merits include the fact that it finally back in 19 This is certainly an important book but I think chtistus is flawed on several accounts.

It is a familiar idea we hear in Protestant churches. Everybody else is suspect as they might be suspicious of the whole arrangement. In fact, I really hope to properly review it and engage with some of the ideas elsewhere.

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. Apr vhristus, Chungsoo J. After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. It is humanity in Christ that atones for sin. Jed rated it really liked it Apr 21, Account Options Sign in.

Christus Victor

The Latin views incorporate merit and penance in the atonment model. We appreciate your feedback. The Hebrew word ” tikkun olam ,” repairing the world, has the same idea. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.


I believe this is primarily due to an inconsiste Gustav provides what, in his time, was a groundbreaking theological resurrection of what he calls the ‘classic’ view of the atonement – that is, the view held by the Church Fathers and, as he argues, the Apostles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Christian Apologetics Past and Present: The word “Redeeming” literally means “buying back. Want to Read saving…. Journey Through Christian Theology. But, on the other hand, the satisfaction must be made by man, because man is guilty.

What is the meaning of Christus Victor?

But that, obviously, doesn’t complete the job promised by the two older ideas, it just po9ints one in a good direction. His treatment of Christian history is insightful and there is no doubt he knowledge of it and the significant contributors is brilliantly broad.

Christus Victor is indeed, as Aulen observes, auen a theory but an idea. What I found quite ironic at this point was that the dualistic language of the Fathers posited three enemies – sin, Satan, and death – whereas Luther provided five, adding wrath and law.

A 3rd is the “subjective” theory, commonly known as the Moral Influence view, that Christ’s passion was an act of exemplary obedience which affects the intentions of those who come to know about it.

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