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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If Christ’s death on the cross defeats the power of death, His resurrection perfects the creation through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Christus Victor

The Mennonite theologian J. Christ united humanity to his nature to redeem it. Even these two, however, never expounded it like Anselm did -it was under Anselm that the modern model came into being and, modified by the reformers, became the dominant model today. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

Aug 04, Jacob Aitken added it. Apr 25, Chungsoo J. He points to the emerging theology of penance in the Latin Church as the root of Anselm’s ideas, particularly in the writings of St. This view he calls the “classic” idea of the atonement. As Marcus Borg writes, “for [the Christus Victor] view, the domination system, understood as something much larger than the Roman governor and the temple aristocracy, is responsible for the death of Jesus… The domination system killed Jesus and thereby disclosed its moral bankruptcy and ultimate defeat.

Someone must pay the wages of sin. Written in German from lectures Gustaf Aulen presented in the early ‘s. View all 3 comments.

Then, the absurd question arises: Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Christian Apologetics Past and Present: It’s a very informative work. Christus Victor was one of the first books I auleb in my theological education, and it remains to this day one of the most significant defining moments in developing my theological trajectory.


Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events. Irenaeus, Gregorys Nyssen, Nazianzen and the Great, and Athanasius is solid and nigh unassailable, though the exegetical and biblical substance of his chrjstus is less than convincing.

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. He argues that a proper understanding of their view is bictor 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. How else could the vhristus of Christ deliver men from the wrath of God and overcome of the powers? Atonement is an act of God offered to human, not human offering it to God, through which God reconciles the world to Himself.

The Mennonite theologian J.

Christus Victor – New World Encyclopedia

Thus God the Father and God the Son are not set at odds by the Cross with the first in the role of Judge and the second in the role of Sinner, but are united in seeking the downfall of the Devil’s system of sin, death, and Law that enslaves humanity. Criticisms of the work: Such a question distorts the classical view. Not a definitive treatment, but a helpful remedy for those raised to believe that there has only ever been one understanding of what happened on Golgotha.

It’s hard not to believe that they were pushing one absolutistic mythology, the one they or their patrons would benefit most from, against all opposition, exercising the same kind of zealous bad faith one finds on the Fox Network today.


It was still later developed into a tight rationalistic system by the 18th cjristus Protestants Its the book, not the model weakness is its simplistic reductions of other theologians’ thoughts. His subsequent Resurrection, a mark of the Father’s favor crhistus the Law’s curse, deprived the Law of its ability to condemn. It is a familiar idea we hear in Protestant churches.

The classic view posits tha I finally got around to reading this book. Being the most ‘rational theory’ to date many historians took Anselm’s to be the summation of early church thought and begin most studies here.

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No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Instead, he promotes what he says was the prevailing view of the atonement for the first 1, years of Christianity. 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.

The ransom theory was the main view of atonement through the first thousand years of Christian history, though it was never made a required belief. Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green,p.

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. This book is an excellent read!