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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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Succintly and passionately he exposits this ancient alternative: It is humanity in Christ that atones for sin. 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. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

This work is one worth numerous revisits and serious engagement. Christian soteriological theology has generally perplexed me. In short, “[t]he relation of man to God is treated by Anselm as essentially a legal relation, for his whole effort is to prove that the atoning work is in accordance with justice” Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. The Breeze of the Centuries.

It is unfortunate that Luther’s important contribution on justification by faith has overshadowed his views on other important subjects, such as this one. The Christian Theology Reader. How else could the death of Christ deliver men from the wrath of God and overcome of the powers? I cannot recommend this book highly enough! My only quibble is that he gives more than I needed.

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

So much so that all other theories became reactions against this Latin type with the classic idea being largely forgotten.


In that view, God is somewhat schizoid, because God loves humans but also condemns them for their waywardness, and the crucifixion and atonement are ways God has of being both the enactor and recipient of God’s grace. Being relatively short, odds are we read it between two class sessions as a supplement to the primary source materials covered. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle gustaff detail pages of qualifying books.

Write a customer review. 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 gustad 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. 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 of sin and death, to take up the conflict with the powers of evil and carry it through to the decisive victory.

A valuable elucidation of how Atonement was understood for the thousand years before Anselm got hold of it, how it was distorted further by the Reformers, and how a liberalizing backlash denuded the cross of virtually all import. Jeremy Myers – Writing at RedeemingGod. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. 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. 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 Guwtaf.

Jan 20, Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing. For Aulen, this move removes the work of God from the work of Christ in redemption. But the books merits include the fact that ajlen finally back in 19 This is certainly an important book but I think it is flawed on several accounts. Any Protestant or Roman Christian will be challenged by this view of atonement. I am inclined to think that if the Christus Victor perspective were understood as presented by Aulen in this book, many would go with this understanding, and at the very least, have a far better appreciation of this understanding auln the atonement.


This view he calls the “classic” idea of the atonement. Both auoen ransom and the satisfaction theories strike me as psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions o I obtained this book in New York. The Legends of Zulen Want to Read saving…. Not because it is indefinite, but rather because of the pairs of apparent contradictions it involves e.

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But I ended up getting a decent explanation of the view and a history lesson to boot. Buy the selected items together This item: But after all these years, do we really understand the meaning of the Cross or have we exhausted all of its meaning? The Eucharistic Communion and the World.

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This book is strictly an historical study; it contains no personal statement of belief or theory of the Atonement. Anyone who wants to think about After reading this book I am even more committed to the Anselmian view of the atonement. That is the formula.