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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How We Got Our Bible. The Classic view, which he puts forward as the authentic type, and shows to have been the main idea of the atonement held by the early church fathers. Among the top five books I have ever read! East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I don’t have too much trouble with the ethical premise that we are, by nature, sinful when “sin” is understood in the loosest sense of the Greek word it translates to mean “falling short of the mark.

Totally refutes the typical Evangelical view of Christ’s death with its language about Christ’s death “paying a penalty. Its the book, not the model weakness is its simplistic reductions of other theologians’ thoughts. Seeking the Face of God. Jun 12, Samuel Garcia added it. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. He is able to see through the complex, symbolic, and loose language of theologians both ancient and modern and categorize and trace the theme of atonement into three groups: His true manhood receives full emphasis.

According to Aulen, the early fathers and Luther both held that Christ’s death was not a “payment” at all, but a total victory over three “tyrants” as Luther called them that hold mankind in subjection: The “Classical View” of the atonement sees Jesus not so much as a “ransom payment” but as the Ransom-er, the Enactor of Liberation, the One who sets captives free.


Someone must pay the wages of sin. But Aulen provided the second by doing the first. Irenaeus has become a hero and I look forward to further reading along the lines of the classic idea. Can’t say enough good about this important work. But I ended up getting a decent explanation of the view and a history lesson to boot.

In it he identifies three main types of Atonement Theory: Its strength lies in its presentation of a vivid and robust picture of the work of Christ. A thought-provoking read which does expose the distinction between Luther’s understanding of the atonement and the other common understandings.

It is verses like this that should make one pause who is about to accuse a viewpoint of simply being motivated by rationalism. Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement.

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Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. Not because it is indefinite, but rather because of the pairs of apparent contradictions it involves e. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Two factors pop up immediately, namely, kingship and slavery. It is aulne in Christ that atones for sin. Mar 29, Eli rated it really liked it. My library Help Aulem Book Search. This is Aulen’s “surprising” approach. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.

The idea is that Christ, the second Adam, defeated the power of sin and death that subjugated humanity ever since the first Adam. The Spirit of Catholicism. Jeremy Myers – Writing at RedeemingGod.

Some have argued that the penal substitution theory of the atonement was expressed by early church fathers, such as Justin Martyr c. Lewis read this book as well, considering this quote from Mere Christianity: The earliest Church, however, never viewed the atonment exactly like we do today and that is what the Christus Victor book explains.


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See all 40 reviews. By appearances, the book is little more than a 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.

Four Views Spectrum Multiview Book. The theory of Abelard alone strikes some chord, but then Abelard generally seems more modern than traditional. Selected pages Title Page. Refresh and try again.

The Gospel and the Catholic Church. This book is an excellent read! A Primary Source Reader. Please try again later.

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 Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Both ransom and satisfaction theories presuppose the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” and everybody else. As soon as the meaning of this view is grasped, the patristic teaching at once stands out as a strong, clear, and consistent whole, and it becomes impossible to doubt that it is this view which also dominates the New Testament; it has therefore every right to be called the typical Christian view, or, in Dr.