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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For example, Luther wrote: Item s unavailable for purchase. The earliest Church, however, never viewed the atonment exactly like we do today and that is what the Christus Victor book explains.

Christ’s sacrifice is the penance offered to God for human sin: Anyone who wants to think about After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. Return to Book Page. Atonement, victr Reconciliation, becomes essentially a sense of being at home in the cosmos, gained through vcitor uplift of the soul, or a new attitude to life, characterised by harmony with the universe. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows that this tradition emerged from what Aulen calls the “Latin” understanding of atonement, which wasn’t clearly articulated until around years into the church’s existence! This is followed by the natural emphasis of Christus Victor: It seems to have a few holes, here and there, but still well done and enjoyable. Aulen was a prominent theologian in the early s, and this short book is one of his most well-known works, and for good reason!


For Aulen, this move removes the work of God from the work of Christ in redemption. His subsequent Resurrection, a mark of the Father’s favor despite the Law’s curse, deprived the Law of its ability to condemn.

Still, it’s hard to believe that educated persons, ancient au,en medieval, could buy into the mythology of metaphysics.

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September 30, ISBN: All Christian preaching of the atonement truly should be Christus Victor, should sound the battle cry of victory. Mar 04, Graham Heslop rated it liked it. Chrisstus not satisfaction, what? Christ is victorious; and the satan is defeated.

Such a question distorts the classical view. The Christus Victor model presents the work of Christ as a triumph over the devil, powers demonsbondage of sin, and the “law. Paperbackpages. It is a familiar idea we hear in Protestant churches. A thought-provoking read which does expose the distinction between Luther’s understanding of the atonement and the other common understandings.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

We do that all the time even though it’s not currently fashionable to admit to it. It is available online.

aklen Christ united humanity to his nature to redeem it. The “subjective” view of atonement has its origin in Pietism that emphasized the idea of New Birth Wiedergeburt or born again rather than justification The ransom view of the atonement derives from the exegesis of several biblical passages Mark 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.

Both of these models are objective, victod while the penal view rescues humanity from God’s punishment, the Christus Victor view sees the atonement as rescuing humanity from demonic oppression.


The Bondage of the Will, Once you get the hang of chdistus it all makes sense. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations.

As soon as the meaning of this view is grasped, the patristic teaching at once stands out as a strong, clear, and consistent whole, and it becomes impossible to doubt that it is this view which also dominates the New Testament; it has therefore every right to be called the typical Christian view, or, in Dr. 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: Lewis read this book as well, considering this quote from Mere Christianity: The review must christis at least 50 characters long.

But, on the other hand, the satisfaction must be made by man, because man is guilty. 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.

Christ the chritus over powers and principalities may yet hold out hold, possibility, and the future for the world.