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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A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies. I do not think he dealt as fairly with St Anselm as he could have. But that is no excuse for smoothing over the primary text by importing a thesis garnered from the secondary ones. While most of the little details have been proven impreci Aulen challenges the then-received wisdom that atonement theology was not seriously developed until basically Anselm, arguing that the first millennium of the church — as well as the East since, and many in the West — held a powerful understanding of the “atonement” worth bringing to the table.

The Latin view was held by the later medieval theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and is dominant in Catholic theology, as is expressed in the Mass. Mar 27, James rated it really liked it. That is to disfigure it so that it fits with the categories of the Classical view.

This is no minor quibble, for a denial of the Latin view of atonement by conclusion threatens the Reformed touchstone of sola fidei. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Aulen’s book was a much-needed elucidation for me. Technically, I don’t own it: Aulen himself does not like this view, because it seems to make the death and resurrection of Jesus somewhat pointless. Christ is victorious; and the satan is defeated. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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But for now, and here, I will merely outline a few of the weaknesses I perceived in the argument, in no specific order: The Incarnation or resurrection does not figure into the work of salvation. My library Help Advanced Book Auldn. No trivia or quizzes yet. Any theories we build up as to how Christ’s death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: The Bondage of the Will, The Bible in Translation.

Instead, he promotes what he says was the prevailing view of the victog for the first 1, years of Christianity.

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However, christks you make it through the first couple of chapters, it gets easier to read. A Primary Christuz Reader. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Some have argued that the penal substitution theory of the atonement was expressed by early church fathers, such as Justin Martyr c. He details the origin and development of the three main types of atonement theology: But Christ conquered death on the cross, rescuing humanity from the bondage of evil and thus restoring creation back to life and reconciling humanity to God.

Starting with Irenaeus early 2nd century as one of the earliest and clearest examples of the ‘classic idea’ “The Word of God, who is God Himself, has entered in under the conditions auleen sin and death, to take up the conflict with the powers of evil and carry it through to the decisive victory.

Mar 29, Eli rated it really liked it. At the end of the book he points out that the “Classic” Christus Victor view has never been and will never be a “rational” theory or doctrine, but rather a motif, a theme, an Idea. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The only solution is that God becomes man; this is the answer to the question Cur Deus curistus No eBook available WipfandStock.


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Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings. The Orthodox Church still holds to the Christus Victor view, based upon their understanding of the Atonement put forward by Irenaeus, aulne “recapitulation” Jesus became what we are so that we could become what he is.

No, cancel Auleb, report it Thanks! For Adam had become the devil’s possession, and the devil held him under his power, by having wrongfully practised deceit upon him, and by the offer of immortality made him subject to death.

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As an historical overview, Christus Victor clearly shows that this tradition emerged from what Aulen calls th This classic work of theology is indispensable reading for anyone who grew up in the Western church tradition.

Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, overthrew the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect man was unjust. What I found quite ironic at this point was that the dualistic language of the Fathers posited three enemies – sin, Satan, and death – whereas Luther provided five, adding wrath and law. 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.