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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Bad history and weak systematic imagination.

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. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources.

This trend among Progressive and Liberal Christians towards the Christus Victor view of the Atonement marks a shift from the traditional approach of liberal Christianity to the Atonement known as the Moral Influence view espoused by theologians such as Schleiermacher.

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Wipf and Stock PublishersSep 5, – Religion – pages. Aulen was a prominent guetaf in the early s, and this short book is one of his most well-known works, and for good reason! Jun 12, Vitcor Garcia added it. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer chrisfus of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Thus God the Father and God the Son are not set at odds by the Cross with the first in the role of Judge and the second in the role of Sinner, but are united in seeking the downfall of the Devil’s system of sin, death, and Law that enslaves humanity.


We do that all the time even though it’s not currently fashionable to admit to it. Is not “‘being able to die’ subject to sacrifice” the birth of human gusfaf 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.

But atoning sacrifice preceded human civilization, as God killed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve before the exile Gen. Christian soteriological theology has generally perplexed me. Atonement is an act of God offered to human, not human offering it to Aupen, through which God reconciles the world to Himself.

In a theological context, the ransom theory of the atonement developed from both the prevalent cultural practice of ransoming war captives as well as vicgor exegesis of Mark 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.

Do not let the complexity of the book cause you to leave it off of your to-read list.

Very good – read to understand what the earliest Chrisitans believed concering the atonement. Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 29, Eli rated it really liked it.

In this negative argument, like a good midth century Protestant, he decries Law as legalistic, moralistic and without grace and mercy, attributing to Vlctor freeing work a freeing of the bondage of this legalistic law. Then, the absurd question arises: Wherefore he who had taken man captive was himself taken captive by God, and man who had been taken captive was set from the bondage of condemnation” as quoted on Among the top five books I have ever read!


If, however, as many modern NT scholars posit i.

This book is very good if you can get past the learning curve. This is why I give it 4 stars. In fact, this passage specifically describes how Christ descends and becomes the atoning sacrifice for humanity–by “taking the form of a slave, [and] being born in human likeness” Phil. Miller rated it liked it.

I also realise that my low rating is insignificant, since this work is undoubtedly seminal. If the language of Christus Victor is foreign to you, it simply means Christ the Victor.

Gustaf Aulén

He focuses on the victorious conflict of Christ against the powers of evil. Triumphing over the powers, July 15, This book provides an historically-faithful alternative to the substitutionary and exemplary models of the atonement.

Since Satisfaction Theory arose from the penance based system of Anselm of Canterbury, its focus is on Christux. More specifically, I have been bothered by the idea of the atonement as I learned it: