Gustaf Aulen. Gustaf Aulén () was the Bishop of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden and the author of Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three. 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. Christus Victor: an historical study of the three main types of the idea of atonement by Gustaf Aulén(Book) editions published between and in 6.

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It’s a very informative work.

Christ’s sacrifice is the penance offered to God for human sin: Adam fell at the forbidden tree; and creation was lost as result. In fact, I really hope to properly review it and engage with some of the guetaf elsewhere. Since man sinned, man must pay it.

The Day the Revolution Began: Another exception to this linear progression is Tertullian, who along with Gregory the Great, started the motif of the judicial or legalistic view of atonement, which was later picked up and fully developed by Anselm of Canterbury, thus consolidating the view for the whole medieval period. At times I thought some points were belabored, and maybe they were, but I also expect I was not picking up on some nuances at the time as well. Such a question distorts the classical view.

After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. The Spirit of Catholicism.

Aulen does an excellent job of describing the patriotic view and the development of penal substitution. Lewis was no Calvinist. Before Aulen wrote this book, the Latin and subjective models were treated like a binary in atonement views. How to write a great review. Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available. Important for its day, this book is now largely discredited.

Second, Aulen did not interact sufficiently with the primary texts, instead glossing over them as if he didn’t need to quote his sources.

We do that all the time even though it’s not currently fashionable to admit to it. Though this point rests on the perhaps overemphasised distinction between God’s work from above versus that from below, I am convinced that the Latin view of the atonement does not inevitable conclude with satisfaction being the work of man offered to God. Account Options Sign in. I’d like more thoughts on how specifically a reformed atonement theology can be recast to allow for classic atonement theology, but that’s not really his project, so I’ll have to go elsewhere for that.


September 30, ISBN: See if you have enough points for this item. It was not at all what I wanted or expected.

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He explains how the legalistic model of the Western Church arose: Both the ransom and aaulen satisfaction theories strike me as psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions o I obtained this book in New York. Sandersthe Law is not a legalistic means to merit but rather a gracious outworking of the saving presence of God with His people, then the Christus Victor model is further proved by the Law, in that Christ’s liberation of humanity from bondage frees them to participate in the Spirit’s gkstaf, which is the righteousness of the Law without its legal codes.

Miller rated it liked it. Finally, there are too many excellent asides and thoughtful supporting points made to mention. For Aulen, this move removes the work of God from the gustad of Christ in redemption.

Being relatively short, odds are we read it between two class sessions as a supplement to the primary source materials covered. Both the ransom and the satisfaction theories strike me ajlen psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions of perdurant individuality and general metaphysical conceit.

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By appearances, ugstaf book is little more than ajlen long, historical survey of the doctrine of the atonement, showing how various views of the atonement have been developed over time and in response to various events within the church and the surrounding culture. A thought-provoking read which does expose the auleen between Luther’s understanding of the atonement and the other common understandings.

Unfortunately those who came after Luther reverted back ugstaf the Latin doctrine and developed it even further until it became the ‘orthodox’ position of the Protestant movement. Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews.


As it turns out, the history lesson was important, for it shows why the Christus Victor view fell out of favor among church theologians for nearly years, but is now beginning to make a bit of a comeback. By the Second Adam’s obedience the first Adam’s fall is corrected. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Its the book, not the model weakness is its simplistic reductions of other theologians’ thoughts. It’s not an apologetic for Christus Victor, but a thorough history on the three views.

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That is to disfigure it so that it fits guztaf the categories of the Classical view. A seminal and ground-breaking book. Aulen’s book was a much-needed elucidation for me. Aulen applies history of ideas’ methodology to historical theology in tracing the development of three views of the atonement. However, qulen you make it through the first couple of chapters, it gets easier to read.

This book is strictly an historical study; it contains no personal statement of belief or theory of the Atonement. Mar 04, Graham Heslop rated it liked it. This work is one worth numerous revisits and serious engagement. How We Got Our Bible.

After all, Barth had completely revised his commentary on the Epistle to the Romanswhich was published in the second edition ; 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. Aside from the above criticisms, this is a paradigm-shifting book. 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.

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