GUSTAV AULÉN AND CHRISTUS VICTOR. In recent years, the theory of atonement known as Christus Victor (“Christ the victor”) has been both championed. 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. 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.
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The Spirit of Catholicism. The ransom view of the atonement derives from the exegesis chrisrus several biblical passages Mark I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
Christus Victor – New World Encyclopedia
He details the origin and development of the three main types of atonement theology: This section relies largely or entirely on a single ivctor. Is not “‘being able to die’ subject to sacrifice” the birth of human subject prior to, beyond, or otherwise than being?
His treatment of Christian history is insightful and there is no doubt he knowledge of it and the significant contributors is brilliantly broad.
Reading Gustaf Aulen’s classic study of the atonement, I learned that if I had grown up in the vitcor during the heyday of liberal Christianity, I mig My whole life as a Christian, I have struggled with the central story of the faith: What I found quite ironic at this point was that the dualistic language of christua Fathers posited three enemies – sin, Satan, and death – whereas Luther provided five, adding wrath and law.
In this negative argument, like a good midth century Protestant, he decries Law as legalistic, moralistic and without grace and mercy, attributing to Christ’s freeing work a freeing of the bondage of this legalistic law.
Second, Aulen did not interact sufficiently with the primary texts, instead glossing over them as if he didn’t need to quote his sources. For Aulen, this move removes the work of God from the work of Christ in redemption. I’ve grown up with penal substitionary atonement being the only way of understanding the work of Christ and have now found much more depth and beauty in this classic idea.
Why not just defeat the “enemies” in His unveiled Godhood? God’s descent to becoming a man and ultimately dying for humanity is the way of humility, Christ’s act of emptying himself “to the point of death Christian Apologetics Past and Present: Anselm himself went on to explicate the satisfaction view of atonement.
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Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. By contrast, Christus Victor depicts Christ’s sacrifice, not as a legal offering to God in order to placate his justice, but as the decisive moment in a war against the powers of darkness; the law included.
As Marcus Borg writes, aklen [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 cictor ultimate defeat.
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 Hebrew word ” tikkun olam ,” repairing the world, has the same idea.
For an extensive review see http: The review must be at least 50 characters long. Mar 04, Graham Heslop rated it liked it. If it merely gets the CV theory out it isn’t a total flop, but it still requires much qualification and correction.
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! This is why I give it 4 stars. Thus God becomes a man and offers himself to propitiate for human sin.
The Orthodox Church still holds to the Christus Victor view, based upon their victr of the Atonement put forward by Irenaeus, called “recapitulation” Jesus became what we are so that we could become what he is. The word “Redeeming” literally means “buying back. The Orthodox Church still holds to the Christus Victor view, based upon their understanding of the Atonement put forward by Irenaeus, called “recapitulation” Jesus became what we are so that we could become what he is.
Aulen’s stated purpose is to outline the classic view of the atonement and to compare it to the objective latin model and the subjective exemplar model.
Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén
The history of earlier contributions gictor wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. Return to Book Page. Since man sinned, man must pay it. Everybody else is suspect as they might be suspicious of the whole arrangement. Two factors pop up immediately, namely, kingship and slavery.