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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Reformers later rationalized further and reduced the Latin or judicial theory of atonement almost to a science.

But yet again, this does not mean that the redemptive work of Christ is regarded as performed by him purely as man, or that it gains increased value through the association of the Deity with the Humanity. The work of Christ is first and foremost a victory over the powers which hold mankind in bondage: 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?

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.

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.

This was a fantastic read!

While largely held only by Orthodox Christians for much of the last one thousand years, the Christus Victor theory is becoming increasingly popular with both paleo-orthodox evangelicals because of its connection to the early Church fathers, and with liberal Christians and peace churches such as the Anabaptist Mennonites because of its subversive nature, seeing the death of Jesus as an exposure of the cruelty and evil present in the worldly powers that rejected and killed him, and the resurrection as a triumph over these powers.


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. It’s definitely a prerequisite for any apologetic for or against it or for or against the other views. Because of its predominance in the New Testament, in patristic writings, and in the theology of Luther, Aulen holds that the classic type may be called the distinctively Christian idea of the atonement.

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 chistus be made righteous Romans 5: Since Satisfaction Theory arose from the penance based aulenn of Anselm of Canterbury, its focus is on Law.

He then makes love the ruling factor while simultaneously dismissing law as being too rationalistic.

Christus Victor

View all 3 comments. Before reading it I’d only heard references and short descriptions of the “Christus Aule view of Christs’ work of atonement. Aside from the above criticisms, this is a paradigm-shifting book. Its the book, not the model weakness is its simplistic reductions of other theologians’ thoughts.

But for now, and here, I will merely outline a few of the weaknesses I perceived in the argument, in no specific order: Paperbackpages. Do not let the complexity of the book cause you to leave it off of your vitcor list.

Most Western Christians Protestant and Roman do not know that their understanding of the cross is only one of the Christian views of the cross. Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed.

After all, Barth had completely revised his commentary on the Epistle to the Romanswhich was published in the second edition christuw and his work on the Church Dogmatics only began sometime between at Bonn where he held a short tenure as Professor of Systematic Theology before taking a post in Basel, Switzerland. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But Christ conquered death on the cross, rescuing humanity from the bondage of evil and thus restoring creation back to life and reconciling humanity aulfn God. Aulen applies “history of ideas’ methodology to historical theology in tracing the development of three views of the atonement. The City of God.


The theory teaches that the death of Christ was a ransom, usually said to have been paid to Satanin satisfaction of his just claim on the souls of humanity as a result of sin. Feb 15, Tony rated it really liked it. 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 subverts the Law of its ability to condemn.

Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. In short, “[t]he relation of man to God is treated by Anselm as essentially a legal relation, for his whole effort is to prove that the atoning work is in accordance with justice” He states multiple times in the book that he’s not writing an apologetic work in favor of the “classic” Christus Victor view of the atonement, but it’s obvious to see where his sympathies lie.

After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. Jesus is understood as the “last Adam” 1 Corinthians The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church.

What is the meaning of Christus Victor?

Thus God becomes a man and offers himself to propitiate for human sin. This article or section appears to be slanted towards recent events. It is also known as the “ransom theory”. Both of these models are objective, but while the penal view rescues humanity from God’s punishment, the Christus Victor view sees the atonement as rescuing humanity from demonic oppression. If the Incarnation is a vital part of Christ atonement, as Irenaeus shows in the “classical” view, why is this passage entirely missing in any of the accounts of atonement, especially in the “classical” view?

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