GUSTAV AULÉN AND CHRISTUS VICTOR. In recent years, the theory of atonement known as Christus Victor (“Christ the victor”) has been both championed. Sep 5, Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement. Aulen applies “history of ideas’ methodology to. 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.

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Both of these models are objective, but while the penal view rescues humanity from God’s punishment, the Christus Victor view sees the atonement as rescuing humanity from demonic oppression. If not satisfaction, what? Then, the absurd question arises: Here are victot important texts that reinforce this point:. Bad history and weak systematic imagination.

Finally, there are too many excellent asides and thoughtful supporting points made to mention. It was still later developed into a tight rationalistic system by the 18th century Protestants 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.

No eBook available WipfandStock. It is a brief overview, though, so it does proceed remarkably hastily through a long, and much more complicated history which he admits.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. First, that we are again listening to the classic idea of the Atonement–indeed, we get the impression that it is being presented with a greater intensity and power than ever before; and, second, voctor the dramatic view of the work of Christ, which Luther so emphatically expresses, is organically and inseparably connected with his doctrine of Justification.


Both the ransom and the satisfaction theories strike me as psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions of perdurant individuality and general metaphysical gustag.

Two factors pop up immediately, namely, kingship and slavery. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Both ransom and satisfaction theories presuppose the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” and everybody else.

God dies on chridtus cross for humanity: In his death and resurrection Jesus did, in point of fact, defeat and overthrow the dominion of Satan and sever his grip on the souls of men. If the Incarnation is a vital part of Christ atonement, as Irenaeus shows in the “classical” view, why is this passage entirely missing in any of the accounts of atonement, especially in the “classical” view? Nov 03, Harman rated it really liked it.

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Thus he lost his power and forfeited his right to mankind. 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.

It is available online. Did not Christ come to fulfill the Law by becoming a burnt offering himself, as prescribed in Leviticus chapters 1 and 4?

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He demonstrates good theological praxis in setting out the arguments of others and enumeration as well as then developing his criticisms. He was defeated in that he was unable to seduce Aullen through temptation to sin.


Here are some important texts that reinforce this point: I also realise that my low rating is insignificant, since this work is undoubtedly seminal. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! God is unable to chrkstus forgive without satisfying the Law’s demands and since only a man can fulfill man’s obligations to gustfa Law, Christ must become a man in order to keep the Law perfectly and then suffer the punishment intended for us at the hands of his Father.

This book is an excellent read! Thus, the atonement became a matter of subjective process.

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Aug 04, Jacob Aitken added it. Paperbackpages.

Luther is a master of juxtaposing the opposites: Just like Abraham sacrificing his own son, Isaac, God himself sacrifices Himself in his Son, to reconcile Himself with humanity: The classic view posits that Christ’s incarnation and atonement was God’s way of defeating the demonic powers that held humanity captive from within.

Other biblical passages seemed to reinforce this perspective:. Feb 15, Tony rated it really liked it. He must become man to rescue man from the bondage of the evil. Views Read Edit View history.