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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If now, having lost life, and having been harmed by the serpent, he were not to return vicor life, but were to be wholly abandoned to death, then God would have been defeated, ad the malice of the serpent would have overcome God’s will.

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Therefore, we can safely paint over this section in our pursuit of the historical development of this doctrine 1. I believe this is primarily due to an inconsistency in his argument, namely that while he exposits the Fathers he holds Divine Love to be the primary motivator of Christ’s atoning work e. 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.

The Eucharistic Communion and the World. Sep 07, Erica rated it really liked it. Thus, the entire life of Christ–from his birth to death and through resurrection and ascension–is the work of atonement through which God reconciles himself with the world.


Lewis read this book as well, considering this quote from Mere Christianity: 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. One can never be sure of his salvation because it is entirely dependent on human’s ugstaf or psychological chrisrus To ask other readers questions about Christus Victorplease sign up.

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.

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Many times I had to set the book down and just think for bustaf minutes before moving on to the next paragraph. From then on, except for a few outliers like Abelardit becomes the dominant view in the moralistic world of Medieval scholasticism 95although occasional glimpses of the classic view still persist 6, 95, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

Graham Cole on Christianity and Contemporary Sexualities: 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 is very good if you can get past the learning curve. He demonstrates good theological praxis in cgristus out the arguments of others and enumeration as well as then developing his criticisms. According to Aulen, however, there is another type of atonement doctrine in which Christ overcomes the hostile powers that hold humanity in subjection, at the same time that God in Christ reconciles the world to Himself.


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 It’s not an apologetic for Christus Victor, but a thorough history on the three views.

Any Protestant or Roman Christian will be challenged by this view of atonement.

A Review of Gustaf Aulén’s Christus Victor – Kirk Miller Blog

The Gospel and the Catholic Church. The Christian Theology Reader. Before reading it I’d only heard references and short descriptions of the “Christus Victor” view of Christs’ work of atonement.

To come at it from a different angle, the dualism of the classic view also serves to preserve the continuity in curistus action. Mar 27, James rated it really liked it. Luther was actually a champion, recoverer, and developer of the classic view xxii; 15, ch.

An Old Catholic Catechism. Once you get the hang of it it all makes sense. What can we do to sharpen our positions?

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This book explores what the earliest church’s model of the atonement was – which was the “Chrisus Victor” or “the Classic Model” as Gustaf called it.